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Environmental, Sustainability and Resilience Studies

Be the Change

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


There are increasingly complex environmental and societal changes impacting our world today. The transformation of our environment requires well-rounded leaders with a new skill set to not only understand the natural and physical sciences but also to manage the human impact on the environment. These challenges are what drive the Environmental, Sustainability and Resilience Studies program at KWU. By integrating these two areas, students discover a deeper relationship among humans, their communities and the planetary life systems to which we belong. In our unique program, that combines sustainability, ecology, community and social action, we will work to develop the skills to translate words into action, leading the critical changes for our collective future.

Key Areas of Coursework

  • Biological/Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Social Sciences
  • Resilience Economics
  • Ethics

Why study Ecospheric Studies and Community Resilience at KWU? Extraordinary experiences!

One of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture, Dr. Wes Jackson is a 1958 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University. Dr. Jackson returned to Salina, KS, after creating the Sustainability program at the University of California. He launched The Land Institute, just a few miles from campus, and has been conducting research that has influenced the field of sustainable agriculture. A regular speaker in our classrooms, Dr. Jackson has provided extraordinary experiences for our students. In addition, KWU has partnered with a local farm to provide farm-to-table opportunities with our dining service on campus and hands-on learning for our students. These partnerships, along with many others, enrich the experience for students in our program.

Download a program information sheet with a sample course schedule.

NEW! 3+2 Master's Program with Western State Colorado University

KWU students have the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in Ecospheric Studies and Community Resilience and a master's degree in Environmental Management from Western State Colorado University in just five years! Learn more about this dual-degree program.

Major and Minor Requirements

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Welter, chair of the Biology Department, or call (785) 833-4454. 


Extraordinary Field Experiences
Hands-On Learning

Access to internationally renowned experts and local organizations enrich learning
Our close proximity to and strong relationships with The Land Institute, the Salina area Resilience Group and other environmental agencies provide our students with a variety of hands-on experiences. This includes exposure to field experts, relevant national research, quality local and international internships, and national or international service opportunities.

What can you do with this degree?
Make positive change in your community! Graduates can pursue post-graduate studies or explore jobs in public policy, city planning, environmental nonprofit development, sustainability consulting, public health and more.