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Connecting Earth and Life

The School of the Environment advances the Earth, Environmental, and Geosciences to better understand global ecology, ecosystem science, and the future sustainability of both the natural and human-built world.

Washington State University provides you with the technical knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to succeed in your chosen environmental career and help you make a difference in the real world. 

Explore undergraduate majors, graduate research opportunities, and rewarding careers.

Work alongside leading scientists and educators studying ecology, conservation science, climate change, and the geology and dynamics of Earth system processes.

Launch your career with the education, practical experience, and field training you need through our job, internship, and research programs.

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SoE Science News


Are Bears Carnivores?

A new study of the diets of giant pandas and sloth bears (pictured) by Charles Robbins, Professor of Wildlife Biology, and other scientists suggests that the answer to that question is not as simple as it seems. See: full story.

Other News & Events

New School Director:

Dr. Allyson Beall King has been named as the new Director of WSU’s School of the Environment. See: full story.


Photo Credits: Santiaguito eruption 2007 – by Professor Nick Varley, Facultade de Ciencias, University of Colima, Mexico. Juvenile red-tailed hawk – by Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain. Anna’s hummingbird – by Becky Matsubara (CC BY 2.0). Stand of mature aspen trees on Boulder Mountain in Utah – by Martin Venturas, University of Utah. Sloth bear – source: Wikipedia; Author: Marieke IJsendoorn-Kuijpers. License: CC-BY-2.0.