Academics at Prescott College

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Area of Study:
Environmental Studies & Sustainability

Learning constructive solutions to environmental problems

Area of Study:
Environmental Studies & Sustainability

Learning constructive solutions to environmental problems

Are you interested in studying the environment and the role that humans play in it? A bachelors degree in environmental studies can lead to a variety of careers, in fields like conservation, environmental policy, and environmental education.

A bachelor’s degree for future environmental leaders

Like all of our programs, our approach to environmental studies is integrated - weaving together different perspectives and disciplines to provide you with a holistic view. With one-of-a-kind course offerings that get you out in the field and experiencing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world - Prescott College is the place to be if you’re passionate about the environment and want to have a career working for and in the natural world. You’ll get an unforgettable education in places like the Grand Canyon, Norway, and Kino Bay, Mexico.

The Grand Canyon Semester is the perfect example of the type of interdisciplinary education you’ll find here. The semester-long course if offered periodically and will be offered in Fall 2018. Grand Canyon Semester integrates wilderness expeditions & recreation, landscape ecology & public lands issues, resource management & conservation leadership. Checkout what students had to say about their experience during the last Grand Canyon Semester.

At Prescott College, you’ll get to design a degree that’s as unique as you are. Many students combine the field of Environmental Studies with another study area such as Human Development, Education, or Adventure Education. Students have designed degrees in areas ranging from Marine Studies, Natural History & Ecology, to Earth Science, and Conservation Biology.

Want to take your education further?  Be sure to ask about our accelerated, tuition-free Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability!

Ready to find out more? Connect with an admissions counselor. You can also meet the amazing group of inspiring people who teach our courses. They are mentors and passionate leaders.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Biologist
  • Ecological Designer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Attorney/ Lawyer
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Field Biologist
  • Fisheries Ecologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Geologist
  • High School Science Teacher
  • Marine Biologist
  • Marine Conservationist
  • Marine Policy Advocate
  • Museum Curator
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Preserve Manager
  • Seabird Ecologist
  • Sustainability Project Manager

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Environmental Studies Students Watching Dolphins in Kino Bay

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.


The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

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Natural History Institute

Natural History Institute Mural

The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.

Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:

• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions

More Information Video: Natural History Institute Collections

River Studies and Leadership Certificate

The River Studies and Leadership Certificate is designed to offer undergraduate students—who have become inspired to join the next generation of river professionals—a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation.  Undergraduate students are awarded this certificate by the River Management Society after they have successfully completed a cogent package of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project.

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The Eco League

The Eco League Student Exchange offers undergraduate students access to study in environments ranging from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts and from the subtropics to the subarctic. Students in any field can take advantage of working with talented faculty in a broad array of disciplines at other institutions. The six small, student-centered colleges in the Eco League share the goals of seeking solutions to contemporary environmental problems and of raising environmental awareness. The institutions also share similar missions and values regarding social change and in preparing students to build sustainable communities.  The Student Exchange, which is for a maximum of two, non-consecutive semesters, is open to any student who has successfully completed at least his/her freshman year and who can clearly articulate in the application how he/she would benefit from this opportunity.

Eco League Member Institutions

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees