College of Arts and Sciences
Environmental Studies

Program Summary

  • Truly interdisciplinary in nature, the Environmental Studies Program combines the expertise of professors from 12 departments, as well as education abroad programs, to look at humanity's role and responsibility in the natural world through many lenses, including geoscience, ecological science, politics, economics, history, philosophy, and religion. Students complete a set of core courses in the major to build a broad foundation and to begin cultivating the exciting and challenging intellectual practice of integrated interdisciplinary thinking. This type of inquiry is a defining feature of environmental studies as a field and is indispensable for finding sustainable solutions to contemporary environmental problems. The various specializations then enable students to follow a more particular interest and to more effectively find their place in this vast, compelling field and thus to discover where they can make a significant impact as environmental advocates and stewards of the Earth. 

    The Environmental Studies Core


    EVST 1600 Environmental Perspectives 


    Area I: Natural Sciences: 15 credits, including:

    EVST 2100 Natural History: Theory and Practice
    EVST 2150 Essentials of Geology
    EVST 2200 Principles of Ecology


    Area II: Social Sciences: 10 credits, including:

    EVST 3000 Environmental Politics
    EVST 3050 Economics and the Environment


    Area III: Humanities: 10 credits, including:

    HIST 3510 Environmental History
    THRS 3240 Religion and Ecology


    Area IV: Research Methods: 10 credits, including:

    EVST 3400 Research Design and Statistics
    EVST 3500 Geographic Information Systems


    Area V: Internship:

    EVST 4950 Internship


    Area VI: Disciplinary Capstone:

    Environmental Studies Capstone (EVST 4900)


    The Specializations


    ● Ecological Systems
    ● Politics, Policy, and Justice
    ● Urban Sustainability
    ● Environmental Education and Communication