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Live Deliberately in the World Around You

Environmental Studies Minor

“How will you walk this earth?” asked Wayne Gilchrest, former United States Congressman. His question, posed to a group of Salisbury University’s environmental studies (ENVR) students in a summer kayaking class, is central to our program. Whether you want to become a professional environmental advocate or enrich your own understanding of the world around you, we encourage you to live deliberately.

Why Choose an Environmental Studies Minor at Salisbury University?

For the outdoor adventurer who loves marshes, rivers, forests and barrier islands, there’s no better situated university on the East Coast than SU. With the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean next door, students can:

  • Explore some of the mid-Atlantic’s most intact river systems, the Nanticoke and the Pocomoke
  • Study coastal barrier islands such as Cedar and Assateague
  • Visit major wildlife refuges at Blackwater and Chincoteague
  • Observe working watermen’s communities on Smith and Tangier islands
  • Investigate close to 100,000 acres of wetlands

Frequent opportunities for research, stewardship and community engagement provide our students with a substantial foundation for further graduate study or meaningful careers. Our students have built bird, bat and bee nest boxes with area high school students, worked with the Salisbury City Council to enhance urban tree canopy and testified to the Maryland Assembly regarding energy policy.

For a more in-depth study, SU also offers an environmental studies major.

It’s hard to imagine how much environmental studies has grown in the past years – from a minor to a top-ranked program in the country. This is a special place to study the environment.
MICHAEL LEWIS, PH.D. Environmental Studies Department Faculty

Learn More About Our Environmental Studies Program