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Environmental Studies—Elementary

Environmental Studies — Elementary focuses on teaching children about the environment, and how to make positive environmental choices.  This program fulfills the academic major requirement for elementary education candidates who wish to have a solid background in studies related to the environment.

To satisfy the academic requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education, the Environmental Studies major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See Elementary Education for program admission, completion, and teaching certification requirements.  

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


Beyond the Classroom

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.


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.


Sample Careers

  • Elementary School Teacher

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