Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies program offers a vibrant and balanced program that prepares students for sustainability-related careers and leadership positions in local, national and international policy, science, law, business, non-profit organizations, consulting, and other fields – as well as excellent preparation for many different graduate and professional degree programs. Understanding the natural environment, human impacts on environmental systems, and human perspectives on these relationships is more important than ever. The environmental studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring these issues which combines cutting edge coursework in the natural sciences, policy, economics, and the humanities; an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills; and plentiful opportunities for in-depth investigative research, internships, skill-development, and applied experiential activities.

Students completing the major in Environmental Studies will be able to:

  • Identify and describe fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes impacting environmental issues.
  • Identify and describe fundamental concepts from the social sciences and humanities impacting environmental thought and policy.
  • Analyze environmental issues using tools appropriate to the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Communicate effectively about complex environmental issues for expert and general audiences.
  • Critically evaluate the ramifications of human interaction with the environment from a scientific, social, and economic perspective.
  • Formulate and revise solutions as part of an interdisciplinary team that may contain multiple stakeholders with divergent goals.