Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Explore Central Texas's diverse ecosystems while pursuing a degree in environmental science or environmental studies.

Texas Lutheran University’s environmental programs equip students with the necessary tools to be responsible and informed conservators of the planet.


Integrated and interdisciplinary, these programs are offered for students who want an in-depth study of the various ethical, legal, political, economic and scientific factors that are involved in human interaction with the environment.

TLU’s environmental programs are largely hands-on, with expert faculty leading students around the natural ecosystems found in Seguin and the Texas Hill Country. From rugged canyons, to wetlands and loblolly pine forests to the Gulf of Mexico, TLU has prime access to a variety of environmental havens for study and research.

Why TLU?

There are many opportunities to actively participate in original research projects alongside faculty members in various departments. Additionally each senior participates in a semester-long seminar series, where they will create and present their own original research project. Texas Lutheran University's Irvin G. Patterson Biology Station at Lake McQueeney allows students to gain crucial field research experience at the Guadalupe River. The station includes reservoir access and state-of-the-art equipment. Environmental programs students can also participate in study abroad programs focused on tropical biology and environmental studies in Central and South America. Students can also take leadership roles in local conservation and sustainability by joining EnACT, TLU’s environmental action club, and serving on the university’s sustainability committee.

Environmental Science & Environmental Studies Programs

Major in Biology with an environmental biology specialization for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree

Minor in Biology

Minor in Environmental Science

Minor in Environmental Studies

Environmental Science & Environmental Studies Faculty

Mark Gustafson

Professor, Environmental Studies Program Director

Alan Lievens

Professor and Department Chair

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