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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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Upcoming Event

Robin Wall Kimmerer

EVENT UPDATE: The lecture originally scheduled for 31 Jan. by Robin Wall Kimmerer, noted author of Braiding Sweetgrass, is being rescheduled by the WSU Common Reading Program. We will provide details about the rescheduled lecture when available. Free ebook available to WSU students, faculty, and staff.


Denise Bickford, Graduate Student in the School of the Environment

Needed: First Responders for the Environment

Desired Qualifications: 

  1. University training in one or more of the following: Earth Sciences; Geology; Environmental & Ecosystem Sciences; Forest Ecology & Management; Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Sciences.
  2. Not afraid to get your hands dirty.
  3. Strong desire to make a difference in the real world.

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Photo Credits: Arctic fox, source: National Science Foundation, Multimedia Gallery, credit – Alfred-Wegner/Michael Ginzburg, Creative Commons license Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0); source: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Juvenile red-tailed hawk – by Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain. Tailed tailless bat by Nathan Muchhala, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louise – source: National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery. 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.