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The Environmental Studies Program has been shaped largely in part by a student initiative that began in the 1970s. The program remains interdisciplinary in that each student is responsible for developing the proper mix of courses from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to meet his or her goals within the limits of the program’s curriculum.

Through careful selection of the Environmental Studies Core and Elective courses, students are able to define a focus within the discipline such as public policy, social ecology, aquatic studies and concepts of nature.

Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary major, a B.A., and an interdisciplinary minor.


If you’d like to view a full listing of our course options in Environmental Studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

ES Courses and Electives (PDF)

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Requirements for the Major (B.A.)

interdisciplinary, 13 courses

ENV 110 or ENV 101; ENV 300 or ENV 301; two “ES Core” courses from different departments in each division; one “ES Tools” course; and four “ES Elective” courses from the ES Core and/or ES Elective course lists at the 200-level or above. The “ES Tools” course cannot also count as an ES Core or Elective. Students are asked to carefully select ES Core and Elective courses to define a focus, such as environmental science, public policy, aquatic studies, social ecology, or natural resources, and compliment your program with another major in a discipline.

Requirements for the Minor

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

ENV 110, ENV 101 or substitute one additional ES Core course; one ES Core course from each division; and two ES Elective courses from the ES Core and/or ES Elective course lists at the 200-level or above.