Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies undergraduate major is focused on training students rigorously in the multiple dimensions of environmental change through courses that integrate scientific understanding of human-environment interactions, practical responses to environmental problems, and the values that shape our decisions and behavior.

As graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, students will:

  • Integrate scientific principles of earth systems and human-environment interactions, understanding of perspectives and values, and practical response in the study of environmental problems and proposed solutions.
  • Evaluate different sources, claims, and data for environmental topics and construct their own arguments.
  • Produce an independent research-based analysis of an environmental issue.
  • Evaluate contrasting perspectives on and values for environmental issues.
  • Generate effective communication about environmental topics in written and oral format
  • Evaluate how global and local environmental burdens and benefits are shaped by historical and contemporary systems of exploitation, oppression, inequality, and unequal power relations.

"The CU environmental studies major has allowed me to develop systems thinking skills reinforced with an understanding of the socioeconomic, political, and ecological components of environmental problems. The community, curriculum, events, and the support given for leadership development have prepared me to take effective action in shaping a sustainable future." 
Matthew Ribarich, ENVS 2014


"I chose to major in environmental studies at CU Boulder because the curriculum gives a balanced education that combines a strong scientific knowledge base with communication and critical thinking skills.” Brittney Manzagol, ENVS 2014