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, 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.