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Explore opportunities for undergraduate research in the sustainability and environment program.
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Discover how your surroundings affect you and what you can do to create a more sustainable world.
Preparing students to create a more sustainable world.
Our sustainability program addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We emphasize experiential learning where we find solutions to real-world environmental, social and economic problems.
The program provides training in how to understand and address complex, interdisciplinary problems and work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Our faculty members actively conduct research on a range of environmental, social and economic issues.
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VERMILLION, S.D. – Starting in fall 2020, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Dakota can earn a certificate in geospatial analysis, giving them the expertise to collect, analyze and visualize spatial data.
As faculty in the University of South Dakota’s Department of Sustainability & Environment, Meghann Jarchow, Ph.D., and Jenny Fierro, M.S., challenge students to take a holistic approach to the way they view the world. They apply the same approach to the way they evaluate teaching sustainability as a discipline.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Joseph Kantenbacher, Ph.D., a professor who recently joined the University of South Dakota Department of Sustainability & Environment, says that recent environmental events—wildfires in California and Oregon, an active hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf—cou...