LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Bellarmine University has bolstered its focus on environmental education by creating a School of Environmental Studies.
The new school currently has 23 students pursuing degrees, with the first graduates expected in the spring of 2014.
The school will produce graduates prepared to work in such professions as environmental engineering, education, law, public policy, conservation, international development and corporate sustainability.
Bellarmine says the new environmental school plans to add graduate programs, undergraduate majors, new faculty members and new facilities on its Louisville campus. It says the school expects to double its number of students in the next three years.
Bellarmine President Joseph J. McGowan says the new school was created because environmental issues will continue to rise in prominence in the state and nation.