Undergraduate Students

Our Program

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program, and utilizes existing courses given in various Arts and Sciences departments. The program is designed to provide a broad, but rigorous education in environmental issues and problem-solving, as opposed to a traditional, discipline-based training. The Environmental Studies major draws from curricula in the earth and natural sciences as well as the social sciences.

The purpose of the major is to train students in the cause, scale, and remediation strategies of the major environmental problems in the United States and the world. Students will acquire an awareness of the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the environment. They will become acutely aware of the fact that environmental problems have both human and biophysical components, and gain knowledge of the general principles of human-environmental interaction, global habitability, environmental change, and sustainable human societies.

Here you can find most of the resources you might need as an ENVS student! Specific links are listed to the right. If you still have questions, or suggestions for other useful materials to include on the website, please email us.

Undergraduates Visit a Coal MineResidential Academic Programs

Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the Baker Residential Academic Program, which offers smaller courses and a cohort of students with interest in the environment. See CU's BRAP page for more information.

Students may also wish to explore the opportunities offered in the Sustainability and Social Innovation Residential Academic Program, which is housed in Williams Village North. See CU's SSI-RAP page for more information. SSI-RAP is not directly affiliated with the ENVS Program.

Minors and Double Majors

There is no minor in ENVS but many students majoring in ENVS obtain minors in other departments or gain double majors. There is substantial required curriculum overlap with other majors and thus minors and double majors are relatively easy to obtain.