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.
Residential Academic Programs
Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the Baker Residential Academic Program or the Sustainability and Social Innovation Residential Academic Program. These Residential Academic Programs provide students a shared learning and living experience in a community setting with a cohort of students interested in the fields of biology, ecology, environmental studies, and sustainability. More information on Residential Academic Programs.