The Environmental Studies major and minor equip students with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities to engage with environmental issues spawned from the dynamics of climate change, ecological degradation, globalization, economic activity, and societal values.
The program focuses on how humans interact with their environment, and how science is applied to shape policy decisions at local, regional, and global levels. It explores sustainability, food systems, diversity, and inclusion, among other topics, and the ways in which these intersect with environmental issues. Through this study, students are prepared to become active environmental advocates and stewards.
Environmental Studies (EVST) and Environmental Science (ENVS) are distinct, but related programs. Both programs start with an introductory course in environmental studies and end with a course in research methods and a professional capstone. Both are interdisciplinary programs that focus on building knowledge and skills in the Natural/Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts. However, while these content areas exist in both majors, the ENVS major prescribes significantly more physical science, natural science, and computational science content than does the EVST major.
More information about the Environmental Studies Program can be found in the Course Catalog.