Welcome | University of Portland


The environmental studies department is for students who want to engage with the most pressing issues of the 21st century, including mitigating global climate change, protecting freshwater supplies, achieving sustainable agriculture, and reducing pollution. The search for the meaning of sustainability requires contributions from people with expertise in environmental science, environmental ethics, environmental policy, environmental engineering, sustainable business practices, and many other areas.

The environmental studies department offers both a BA in environmental ethics and policy and a BS in environmental science. We also cooperate with the environmental engineering students and faculty, and those in the Pamplin School of Business who are working for sustainable business practices.

Our students are involved in the very active College Ecology ClubStudent Led Unity Garden (SLUG), environmental volunteer activities, and many internships and research opportunities that take advantage of Portland and its surroundings. Come join us, for a lot of fun and hard work.


Dr. Norah Martin
Chair, Department of Environmental Studies