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Environmental Studies Program

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that provides students with a solid background in the natural, physical and social sciences, emphasizing communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

The Environmental Studies major requires the completion of a selection of classes from both within the Environmental Studies program, as well as from numerous departments across campus. The Environmental Studies major is unique in that it provides its majors with an unparalleled level of flexibility to design an area/areas of emphasis that meet their own individual academic and career goals and interests. Previous Environmental Studies majors have emphasized ecological restoration, energy efficiency, environmental policy, green business and sustainability, water resource management, urban environmentalism, and climate change science, to name but a few.

Environmental Studies majors are required to complete a two-credit internship with an environmental organization, agency or department, and all Environmental Studies majors participate in a year-long capstone research experience, on a team with fellow students, and sponsored by an external stakeholder agency.

The Environmental Studies degree provides an excellent preparation for law school, for graduate school in public policy, the social sciences, the humanities, and for jobs with environmental organizations, governmental agencies, and industry.