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On any given Saturday, students from Dr. William Maury Harris’ environmental science and studies classes can be found working with him to clean up Japhet Creek Linear Park – picking up trash, planting native trees and bushes, mulching around trees and removing non-native plant species. Read more
Creation…and God Saw That It Was Good
Care and awareness about the environment are principles the University of St. Thomas faculty impart to students and the Houston community. Salt + Light Television, in partnership with the UST Environmental Science and Studies Department, addresses why it is essential to care about the environment in a new six-part documentary series titled “Creation…and God saw that it was good.” Learn more
|“Educating Environmental Leaders for Tomorrow Today.”|
The Environmental Science and Studies program at University of St. Thomas is unique among environmental programs in the United States. While many universities offer programs that study the environment from the perspective of ecology or economics, UST is able to go a step further to explore environmental issues from a moral perspective in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
The program educates students as to the moral imperative to care for the earth, especially as advanced by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. At the same time, it equips students with the technical skills needed to pursue graduate studies or become entry-level environmental professionals. The program also focuses on urban issues, with opportunities for hands-on field experiences and community service. The University’s location in Houston near Buffalo Bayou, the Houston Arboretum, the ship channel and the Gulf of Mexico presents unique opportunities for environmental training and fieldwork.
Campus activities include:
- Annual Earth Day lecture focusing on contemporary environmental issues with the mission of promoting interdisciplinary dialogue between science and faith to further the University’s Catholic ecological identity.
- Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS) participates in environmental projects on campus and around Houston.
- Campus Recycling is a student-run program serving UST.
- UST Community Vegetable Garden
Environmental Science – Analytical Track, B.S.
Environmental Science – Earth Systems, B.S.
Environmental Science – Earth Systems, Teacher Preparation Track, B.S.
Environmental Studies – Natural Resources, B.A.
Environmental Studies – Sustainable Cities, B.A.
Popular Joint Majors
Catholic Studies, Communication, International Studies, Political Science and Psychology
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Please contact the Environmental Studies Department for scholarship
Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D., Chair
Dr. William E. Fenner
Dr. William M. Harris
Professor Rick Young