Environmental Studies

Student Testimonials

Environmental studies students have positive things to say regarding the major. There are a number of students who are eager to describe their experiences, so read their interviews below to learn what makes environmental studies special.

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Sam Meeker '23 (he/him/his)

"Take a wide range of environmental courses to find what fits you best. There are so many options, so explore to find what avenue you want to pursue for your future career."

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Gabriella Backes '23 (she/her/hers)

"I really enjoyed taking Humans and the Environment. Learning about prairies and restoration ecology was super cool!"

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Betsy Ruckman '23 (she/her/hers)

"My Intro to Environmental Studies class was literally life-changing! I liked the "extra credit" challenges that pushed me to try eating plant-based, reduce my waste, and put myself in positions that disrupted the way I thought about the world."

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James Siems '23 (he/him/his)

"I am most passionate about the recognizing the importance of ecological interactions on Ecosystem health, and also the impact of climatic change on these ecological interactions.

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Sean Fisher '23 (he/she/they)

"All the E.S. classes I have taken have been amazing and fruitful, but I felt a true change in my perspective when taking Gender and Environment with Dr. Corrie Grosse.

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Josh Nelson '23 (he/him/his)

"Take a range of environmental classes. It is a wide field and there are so many different paths you can take with the major.

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Mariko Hermerding '23 (she/her/hers)

"The easy accessibility to the outdoors and the friendly, knowledgeable faculty/staff introduced me to the wonders of ES and the opportunities it brings.

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Miriam Nelson '23 (she/her/hers)

"Take time to try new things and find your passion, and when you do, put your time and energy into that one thing. Become knowledgeable in your passion and then teach others about it!"

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Jack Grabinski '23 (he/him/his)

"I enjoyed Intro to Geographic Informations Systems. In this class, I learned about cartography, working with geographic data sets, and making maps on the GIS software. I'm kind of a nerd for maps and working with data sets, so this class was a perfect fit for me."

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College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
SJU Peter Engel 235
320-363-3247

Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
SJU Peter Engel 201
320-363-3163

envstudies@csbsju.edu