Program Summary

Program Summary

  • Social and ecological sustainability requires an holistic approach to problem solving.

  • Environmental Studies coursework in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically assess and address complex environmental challenges.

  • All students complete the Environmental Studies Core (58 credits) and an Environmental Specialization (20 credits). 

The Environmental Studies Core

  • EVST 1600 Sustainability, People and the Environment  *students who score a 4 or 5 on the College Board AP Environmental Science exam will receive credit for this requirement  

Area I: Natural Sciences: 15 credits, including:
  • EVST 2100 Natural History: Theory and Practice
  • EVST 2150 Geoscience
  • EVST 3200 Principles of Ecology




Area II: Social Sciences: 10 credits, including:
  • EVST 3000 Environmental Politics OR EVST 4740 International Environmental Governance
  • EVST 3050 Economics and the Environment
Area III: Humanities: 10 credits, including:
  • HIST 3510 Environmental History
  • EVST 2950 Ethics, Equity and the Environment




Area IV: Quantitative and Research Methods: 10 credits, including:
  • EVST 3400 Research Design and Statistics
  • EVST 3500 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Area V: Internship: 3 credits
  • EVST 4950 Internship


  • EVST 4900 Senior Synthesis Capstone

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Program Director

206 296-5485

Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5999

Double Major Pathways  

Environmental Studies Majors who specialize in Urban Sustainability or Politics, Policy and Justice are uniquely situated to complete a double major in EVST and Public Affairs or International Studies. Students can complete these double majors (and others) in a normal four year course of study.  Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic course plan and the requirements for completing a double major.