Environmental Education

Environmental Education


Students who are passionate about making positive environmental choices and excited about teaching people about the environment will thrive in the Environmental Education program. By examining interacting social and natural systems through social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, Environmental Education students make intellectual connections while gaining the practical skills necessary for building socially and environmentally sustainable futures.

Environmental Education at Western consists of four distinct parts: students acquire an understanding of the content of environmental studies; examine the process of education for an environmental perspective; investigate ways of applying environmental education content and techniques in the professional roles they may pursue; and participate in internships, a field practicum, or research. Students studying Environmental Education become problem solvers who are able to meet the environmental challenges of our time.

Western’s Environmental Studies Department is part of Huxley College of the Environment.

Beyond the Classroom

Some students are published in The Planet, a student-run publication that combines the environmental focus of Huxley College with the writing and reporting skills of journalism to produce an environmental magazine.

Huxley hosts the Huxley College Speaker Series, which brings guest lecturers to Western’s campus to address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and beyond. The speaker series is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the Western and Bellingham communities. Students and Bellingham community members also volunteer for LEAD (Learning Environment Action Discovery), a program designed to help restore native environments and increase biodiversity.

Bringing together even broader communities, Huxley College students have the opportunity to take environmental studies classes in Europe and other parts of the world through a number of faculty-led study abroad summer programs.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Environmental Education majors have assumed positions as teachers in private schools, as interpreters with resource management agencies, as staff in programs for special populations such as at-risk youth and persons with disabilities, and with wilderness education non-profits. Graduates of the Environmental Education program are prepared for entry into professions involved in environmental monitoring, assessment, management and education, and/or for entry into graduate and professional school.


Sample Jobs

  • Private School Teacher
  • Outdoor Leadership Director
  • Environmental Interpreter
  • Adventure Educator
  • Camp Director
  • Nature Writer
  • Naturalist

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.