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Environmental Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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Students interested in making a difference by solving real-world environmental issues through hands-on experience can find a place in Doane University's Environmental and Earth Sciences Department.

Established in 1974, our department nurtures students' perspectives on environmental issues and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental topics. As environmental problem-solvers, students examine a range of subjects that arise from the interaction of humans with the environment.

Doane University's Environmental Studies degree program examines the interactions between the social, management, legal, and scientific topics in environmentalism through a diverse curriculum. The curriculum includes studies in earth system science and geography. This major prepares students for careers and graduate studies in Government, Science, Law, Business or Non-Profit Organizations.

The Difference Between Environmental Science & Studies

Available Minors:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Studies

University Affiliations 

Doane is a University Affiliate of the National Council for Science and the Environment and the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. Doane is also a member of the EcoLeaders program and has signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

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The Doane Difference

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A Promising Career

As the nation's emphasis on the environment continues to grow, there is an ever-growing demand for environmental jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics students seeking a career in this field can look forward to a far stronger job market than graduates of many other disciplines.

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Understand Your Impact

The Environmental Studies major addresses environmental topics by providing a broadly integrated understanding of the social, business, political, governmental, and policy facets of environmental challenges.

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Environmental Science provides an understanding of how science affects our environment. The focus is on the interactions between the solid Eath, its air, its water and its living organisms, and on the interdependent, dynamic relationships between these four components.

Program Information

Conservation Scientists and Foresters
2018 Median Pay: $61,340 per year
Job Outlook: +3% from 2018-2028
Conservation scientists manage, improve, and protect the country’s natural resources. They work with private landowners and federal, state, and local governments to find ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. Conservation scientists advise farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and to control erosion.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists
2018 Median Pay: $71,130 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2018-2028
Environmental scientists and specialists analyze environmental problems and develop solutions to them. For example, many environmental scientists and specialists work to reclaim lands and waters that have been contaminated by pollution. Others assess the risks that new construction projects pose to the environment and make recommendations to governments and businesses on how to minimize the environmental impact of these projects. Environmental scientists and specialists may do research and provide advice on manufacturing practices, such as advising against the use of chemicals that are known to harm the environment.

Conservation Scientists
2018 Median Pay: $61,340 per year
Job Outlook: +3% from 2018-2028
Conservation scientists manage the overall land quality of parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Conservation scientists work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations.

Senior Capstone Project

Seniors may choose from one of the following options for their capstone project.

  • Practice-Based Learning (PBL) - Provides internship and research opportunities to gain experience, professional contact, and a potential future employer. Students work with the College to Career Center and Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty to arrange the internship.
  • Service Learning Internship - Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service Learning Clearinghouse). Students work with the College to Career Center and Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty to arrange the internship.
  • Research Option - Provides the opportunity to work with a Doane faculty member on a research project. Facilities include the Lied Science and Mathematics Building.
  • Student Teaching - Environmental Science majors completing the Science Teaching emphasis apply student teaching as their capstone. Students begin this emphasis during their first semester as freshmen at Doane and satisfy Secondary Education requirements.

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Requirements for the Environmental Studies Major:

Complete at least six credits from each of the following groups. At least one class from each group must be at the 200 level or above.


Students can't declare both an Environmental Studies major and an Environmental Science major.

Wildlife and Conservation Organization

Wildlife and Conservation Organization (W.A.C.O.) is involved in activities including habitat conservation, outdoor events, and climate change initiatives. We encourage a better understanding of wildlife, conservation, and environmental issue affecting society and the world today.

Kappa Alpha Omicron

KAO is a nationally-recognized academic honor society in environmental science and studies. Membership provides recognition for outstanding student work in this rapidly growing area.

Three Year Degree Guarantee

Are you focused on your career path and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? We haven't modified what it takes to graduate with a Doane degree. Instead, we thought progressively about how you can meet graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. Save on tuition and get into the job market or graduate school more quickly while still receiving a world-class liberal arts education from Doane.

3-2 Programs

The 3-2 Program offers Doane Students a path to a Master's Degree at significant savings. Highly qualified students wishing to complete a bachelor's and a master's degree can do so in five years rather than the traditional six to eight years while enjoying the benefits of beginning their education at a small university.

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Russ Souchek

Russ Souchek

Environmental & Earth Sciences
Blake Colclasure

Blake Colclasure

Assistant Professor
Environmental & Earth Sciences


Included in the curriculum is a research opportunity that begins in the junior year with the preparation of a research proposal and selection of a mentor. The project is then completed during the following two semesters of the senior year and culminates in a presentation at Doane MindExpo. Students participate in paid summer research experiences, which support students researching with faculty.

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