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Environmental Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths

What to do with a Degree in Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The Environmental Studies Program prepares students to tackle the critical environmental issues that face our world today -- from global warming and pandemics, to toxic exposure and conflicts over shrinking natural resources -- through a broad interdisciplinary approach that integrates course work across the natural and social sciences and humanities. Several of the courses offer extensive hands-on learning through fieldwork and direct involvement in local and regional environmental issues. Individually tailored internships place students in an extensive network of government, public interest, and industry groups in the Boston area and beyond, working alongside environmental professionals in the field. Environmental Studies students also learn research, report writing, oral communication, mapping, Web site development and problem-solving skills that equip them for their later work and studies -- whether or not they pursue a career in an environmental field.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Environmental Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Environmental Studies major at Brandeis.

Environmental Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an Environmental Studies major at Brandeis.

Year Title Company Industry
2012 Environmental Protection Assistant EPA Environment and Conservation
2012 Assistant Project Manager EnerNOC Inc. Environment and Conservation
2010 Park Ranger National Parks Service Parks and Recreation
2009 Research Assistant UT Southwestern Medical Center Research/ Healthcare
2009 Education Specialist Zoo New England
2008 Learning Garden Director Massachusetts Audubon Society Environment and Conservation
2007 Field Marketing Representative Warner Brothers Records Advertising and Marketing
2007 Resident in Social Enterprise at the Lead Action Collaborative New Sector Alliance Non-Profit
2006 Veterinary Student Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Care
2004 Public Information Officer Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Government


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers in environmental management and planning, law, the sciences, education, economics, medicine, public health and other fields. They are working with government agencies, non-profit environmental and sustainable development organizations, “green” industry and other businesses, schools and universities, consulting and law firms, and many others. A number of students have gone on to graduate and professional degrees in Law, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology and Ecology; others have studied Architecture, Economics, History, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine.

For some brainstorming suggestions on field and professions you can enter with your degree, see the following PDF Handouts:

Environmental Studies
Wildlife & Fisheries

Environmental Studies Web Sites

  • Orion Grassroots works to "connect people at work in social benefit organizations whose missions serve people and planet."  For job and internship listings, go to
  • See a full listing of career research and job search websites on our Resources by Field pages

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.


  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral and Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
  • Oral and Written Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken and written word.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.


  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. 
  • Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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