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Washington State University

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.

Students Learn & Work Outdoors

Photo Credits: Banner image of polar bear by Arturo de Fries Marques; license: CC BY-SA 4.0; Banner image of Mt. Rainer by Stephanie Bergeron on Unsplash. Banner image of Ladakh Landscape – Photo by Ashutosh Saraswat on Unsplash; Banner image of Southern Burrowing Owls by travelwayoflife, source: Wikipedia, license: CC BY-SA 2.0; Citizen scientists sampling vegetation – National Park Service (NPS); Researcher in the western Antarctic Peninsula; source: NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center; Credit: Ted Scambos, University of Colorado, Boulder. Feb. 5, 2020; 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. Sidebar: Silvopasture Photo; Source: USDA National Agroforestry Center; License: CC BY 2.0 DEED; Attribution 2.0 Generic; Photographer: Jim Robinson, USDA-NRCS.