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The Environmental Studies Program trains leaders in creative problem solving, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship.

Building on the University of Oregon’s long tradition of environmental research and activism, our program sets the standard in interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration with more than 100 participating faculty from thirty campus programs and departments. ENVS degree programs are flexible and tailored to meet specific educational and career goals, providing students with the opportunities to work alongside world-class scholars and researchers, develop concrete skills and analytical abilities, and gain hands-on experience relevant to careers in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private industry, and academic fields.

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Reflections ELP Team

Reflections on Water ELP Makes Deep Connections

The McKenzie River is the lifeblood of Eugene, OR. Running 90 miles from its headwaters in Clear Lake in the Cascades, it courses through a watershed sculpted by lava flows, meanders through the lush northern rainforest, crashes down waterfalls, squeezes through hydroelectric dams, and finally filters into our homes through our tap water faucets.

It’s difficult to imagine the diversity of places through which these waters flow, but thanks to the 9 students partaking in Reflections on Water this year, the stories of the McKenzie River are now being told.

Reflections on Water is a term


Sierra Deutsch

PhD student Sierra Deutsch makes policy recommendations based on her research

Graduate students in the Environmental Studies program at UO contribute to the field in some inspiring ways. Recently Environmental Studies PhD candidate Sierra Deutsch  traveled to Myanmar and Cambodia to study natural resource management, and wrote an article about it in Voices from the Sylff Community. From the Sylff website:

Sierra Deutsch, a Sylff fellow at the University of Oregon, went to Myanmar and Cambodia to assess the two countries’ different approaches to natural resource management. In this article, she describes the preliminary findings of her research and argues that


Justin Culman

Featured Student: Justin Culman

Initially Justin Culman was hesitant to become an Environmental Science major. The amount of credits required seemed daunting, but once he realized he could manage a four-year plan with Environmental Sciences and a double major in Geography, he was sold on switching into the program.

Justin was always drawn towards the biological sciences, from courses in high school, and the life changing experience of getting his scuba diving certification in Grand Cayman in 2013. And after taking a general education course in geography his freshman year at UO, he became engrossed in the topic. The