ES Professor Sonja Pieck

ES Professor Sonja Pieck and one of her students

Environmental studies encompasses a broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with both the natural world and built environments. To understand these issues and how physical environments are inflected in complex ways by socio-cultural and political factors, students must think across and beyond existing disciplinary boundaries. The environmental studies major provides a framework for students to examine how humans experience, investigate, and interact with the world around them.

The curriculum includes, first, an interdisciplinary core that encourages students to explore the social, aesthetic, ethical, scientific, and technical aspects of environmental questions, second, disciplinary-based major concentration that allows students to approach these questions with more focused knowledge and methodological tools and third, an internship with an environmentally focused organization or business.


Students collecting field data during lab