Introduction to the Program

Ohio Wesleyan’s cross-disciplinary Environment & Sustainability program offers you two majors and a variety of perspectives regarding the environment. The program includes nearly 20 faculty members who specialize in natural sciences, social sciences, art, and humanities. The multidisciplinary Environmental Studies major balances courses from the social and natural sciences, humanities, and arts. The Environmental Science majors focuses more heavily on courses in natural sciences.

When you combined either degree with OWU's traditional liberal arts core, you are well equipped for leadership, service, and continued learning in a world where environmental issues are of vital importance.

Program alumni careers include sustainability coordinator, environmental education, managing urban director, environmental law, environmental analyst, recycling industry, university faculty, wilderness therapist, zoo keeper, zoo educator, United Nations climate change representative, urban environmental planner, community activist, environmental planner for EPA, environmental health and safety, environmental compliance & enforcement for EPA, sustainable agriculture, microbiologist, disaster recovery specialist, wilderness travel specialist, librarian, environmental engineering, US Army Corps of Engineers, geospatial analyst, environmental scientist, environmental lobbyist, public health coordinator, environmental communications, coastal planner, minister and college football coach.

Program Features

  • A unique quality of OWU’s sustainability and environmental program is the way in which students, faculty, staff, and community members work together on campus and regional projects. The entire community at OWU makes sustainability at OWU work.
  • Current Environment & Sustainable projects and activities:
  • You can put your learning into action, by developing a sustainability project on campus or in Delaware. Students choose locations to conduct their research and collect data to investigate solutions to real world problems.
  • You can work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on an original research project and present your findings at OWU's annual student symposium.
  • You can work with other students, campus staff, and faculty to move sustainability forward on campus through our campus Sustainability Task Force.
  • You can participate in local and regional internships with the Stratford Ecological Center, Seminary Hill Farm, and the City of Delaware, among others.
  • Environmentally themed Travel-Learning Courses in the Caribbean, Brazil, Costa Rica, etc. including ongoing fieldwork and research in Costa Rica with alumni Amy Work ’04 and her Geoporter organization.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Program Contact Info


Director: John Krygier
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 206
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3622