Department of Environmental Studies
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The Department 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.

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 department’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.  

Terra Learning Community

The Terra Learning Community (TLC), formerly the Rachel Carson Learning Community, 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. TLC 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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Dr. Martha Carlson Mazur
Chair, Environmental Studies Department

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