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Environmental Studies and Sustainability


The need to understand, respond to and alter the impacts of human activity on the natural systems of the planet has never been more urgent.

We must rethink, redesign and recreate how humans make use of the earth’s natural resources.  A degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability will prepare you to rise to these challenges—on campus and in the world. It will also equip you to play a role in the emerging green economy.

Combining the theoretical with the practical, our curriculum requires that you complete both a community internship and a senior project. It is rigorous yet flexible, requiring a set of core courses but encouraging you to deepen your study in one of three areas, or tracks:

  • Environmental Science
  • Business and Policy
  • Social Sustainability

We also encourage our majors to do independent research, service projects and international study.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum teaches all aspects of sustainability by weaving together courses in environmental and social sciences, the humanities, business and economics. You’ll learn about:

  • Scale
  • Human connections to the physical and natural world.
  • Ethics and values.
  • How natural systems function.
  • Technological and economic relationships to sustainability.
  • Motivating environmentally sustainable behaviors.
  • Effective strategies for integrating sustainability.  

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be well prepared to pursue graduate study in environmental studies or a related field, as well as a variety of careers, including:

  • Environmental inspector
  • Biological monitor
  • Watershed coordinator
  • Water-quality technician
  • Natural scientist
  • Green design professional


More Info

Bryan Bannon

Director, Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Associate Professor of Philosophy