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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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Undergraduate Research: Elephants, Leopards & Himalayan Black Bears

Cayden Steele

Go Cougs!!! Washington State University and the School of the Environment provide many opportunities for students wanting to travel abroad and expand their knowledge of other cultures, environmental issues, and wildlife.

Undergraduate, Cayden Steele, recently described his adventures while studying wildlife in Thailand and Bhutan to complete his thesis in the WSU Honors Program. Learn more.

Photo Credits: Banner image of mushrooms by Taylor Foss on Unsplash; polar bear on ice by Arturo de Fries Marques; license: CC BY-SA 4.0; Citizen scientists sampling vegetation – National Park Service (NPS); School of Kokanee salmon, source: Wikipedia, photo by Hemming 1952 Own work; License: CC BY-SA 4.0. Woman in orange hard hat holding fungal fruiting bodies after prescribed forest fire in Oregon; source: s.a.f.e. student association for fire ecology; photo by Ariel D. Cowan, Oregon State University, used with permission.