Environmental Studies Curriculum


The environmental studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine arts. Because environmental problems and their potential solutions do not stop at disciplinary boundaries, the curriculum teaches students to approach a particular topic not simply as a question of biology, politics, or theology, but rather to combine these (and many more) perspectives to better understand environmental issues in all their complexity. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the major, it is not uncommon for students to choose a second major or minor that reflects their particular passion.

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The major consists of 53 credits, divided into five groups:

  • Group One: Interdisciplinary Core
  • Group Two: Natural Science
  • Group Three: Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Electives
  • Group Four: Disciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
  • Group Five: Disciplinary Social Science Electives


ES Major Requirements

ES Minor Requirements