School of Environmental Studies

The School of Environmental Studies provides the first undergraduate program in environmental studies in Louisville, leads campus-wide initiatives in environmental sustainability, provides a home for faculty research in environmental science and land use planning, and directs the new Bellarmine University Farm. Dr. Robert Kingsolver, the former dean of Bellarmine College, is the founding dean and director of the school.

Recent growth in green business ventures and environmentally sustainable practices suggest that future economic opportunities—for both individuals and cities—will be heavily influenced by environmental concerns. The school’s formation is the realization of Bellarmine’s commitment to educate students for the 21st century, as well as its mission to enhance the intellectual, social, and environmental quality of life in the region. The formation of the School of Environmental Studies is an important step toward the realization of Vision 2020, the institution’s bold plan to be the premier independent Catholic university in the South and the leading private university in the region.  

Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community

The Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community (RCLC) at Bellarmine University is a program for 20 first-year residents and commuters majoring in environmental disciplines or demonstrating exceptional interest in sustainability. These students will support each other in the courses they take together, in environmentally conscious living, in service projects benefitting the greater community, and in co-curricular experiences such as hiking and canoeing. RCLC students will also take care of the Bellarmine fruit and vegetable garden, and will get a chance to to prepare some of the harvest for their own meals.

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Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.


School of Environmental Studies

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