Environmental studies encompasses a broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world. To understand these issues, 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 their environment. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary course work that encourages students to explore the social, aesthetic, ethical, scientific, and technical aspects of environmental questions and to approach these questions with more focused knowledge and methodological tools through a major concentration.

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 major requirements for the classes of 2016 and 2017 remain consistent with the course catalog in effect when they entered Bates.

Academic Program (applies to the classes of 2019 and beyond, and is an option for the class of 2018)


ES Core Courses and Concentrations (applies to the classes of 2016 and 2017, and is an option for the class of 2018)


Study Abroad