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Environmental Studies


The manner in which we use the Earth’s resources affects our quality of life – both short-term and long-term. As the population of the Earth grows, it is more important than ever that we be good stewards of the environment.

Environmental Studies focuses on using the tools of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to solve problems in resource depletion and environmental degradation, which in turn affect human welfare. All students at Clarke take basic biology, chemistry, economics, and sociology. Many companies and communities are very interested in “the triple bottom line” (people, planet, and profit) and are seeking graduates with a background in sustainability.

Environmental Studies

Program Details

Environmental Studies draws expertise from biology, sociology, business, chemistry, and religious studies as an integrated, interdisciplinary major. Various courses, including Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology, and Environment and Society, include service-learning or other community-based experiences that help prepare students for an internship experience. Your learning will be hands-on and visual. You will see and do, not just listen.

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Andrea Bixler, Ph.D.

My courses are challenging – what’s the point of just memorizing the text? Instead, let’s take the information, analyze it, and apply it in new situations.

Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D.

Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

I hope that students learn to appreciate the world around them and the wonder of their own bodies so that they realize science is not scary but fantastic.

Michelle Slover, Ph.D.

Michelle Slover, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Biology

The integration of lab and lecture in my anatomy courses works well. The two components complement each other and provide multiple ways to learn.

There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

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Our Students & Alumni

Courtney Traser

Courtney Traser

Biology ‘13

Dr. Slover’s passion for what she taught was evident and infectious, and my experiences with her and her encouragement motivated me so much.

Ellie Northrop

Ellie Northrop

Biology and Math ‘17

I want to do and experience everything. Being at a small school like Clarke helps you find your niche. Turns out I have many niches – sports, music, and academics. Clarke makes it possible for me to do everything.

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11% of environmental scientists and specialists will have job growth by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The median annual wage for environmental scientists is $69,400 in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Work one-on-one with Ph.D.-level faculty.

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