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.
Information on the environmental studies program, major requirements, and answers to most frequently asked questions are explained in detail in the pages below. Beginning with the class of 2019 and as an option for the class of 2018, the environmental studies program has new major requirements. The class of 2018 may opt for the old requirements consistent with the course catalog when they entered Bates.
Academic Program (applies to the classes of 2019 and beyond, and is an option for the class of 2018)
Academic Program (option for the class of 2018)