Academic Program


All Environmental Studies majors must complete the following core courses:

  1. Both of the following:
    ENVR 204. Environment and Society.
    ENVR 205. Lives in Place.
  2. One of the following:
    ENVR 203. Scientific Approaches to Environmental Issues.
    ENVR 240. Water and Watersheds.
    ENVR 310. Soils/Lab.
  3. One of the following core natural science courses:
    BIO 206. Evolution and Interactions of Life.
    BI/ES 271. Dendrology and the Natural History of Trees/Lab.
    EACS 210. Sedimentary Processes and Environments/Lab.
    EA/ES 217. Mapping and GIS/Lab.
    ENVR 220. GIS across the Curriculum.
    ENVR 221. Ecology of Food and Farming.
    EA/ES 226. Hydrogeology.
    ENVR 229. Electric Grids.
    ENVR 238. Visualizing Data: Design, Power, Truth.
    ENVR 240. Water and Watersheds/Lab.
    BI/ES 246. Conservation Biology.
    ENVR 251. Ecology and Policy : The Case of Lobsters and Right Whales.
    ENVR 306. Disturbance Ecology.
    ENVR 310. Soils/Lab.
  4. One of the following core social science courses:
    ECON 222. Environmental Economics.
    ENVR 209. Sustainable Cities.
    ENVR 223. Politics of Wildlife Conservation.
    AFES 239. Anti-Blackness and the Environment.
    AN/ES 242. Environment, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples.
    ES/PT 272. Oikos: Rethinking Economy and Ecology.
    ENVR 251: Ecology and Policy: The Case of Lobsters and Right Whales.
    ENVR 273. Land and Livelihood.
    ENVR 304. Politics of Nature.
    ENVR 308. Urban and Regional Food Systems.
    ENVR 337. Social Movements, NGOs, and the Environment.
    ENVR 350. Environmental Justice.
  5. One of the following core humanities courses:
    INDS 211. U.S. Environmental History.
    ES/PL 214. Environmental Ethics.
    EN/ES 235. Climate Fiction
    ENVR 273. Land and Livelihood.
    INDS 301S (and INDS 266). Environmental History in China.
    ENVR 304. Politics of Nature.
    ENVR 349. Extinction
    ENVR 227. Catastrophes and Hope.
  6. ENVR 417 Community-Engaged Research in Environmental Studies.
  7. One of the following:
    ENVR 450. Environmental Writing in the Public Sphere.
    ENVR 457. Senior Thesis.
    ENVR 458. Senior Thesis.

A 200-hour internship is no longer required for the major, though we strongly encourage students to seek out internship opportunities when possible. If you have questions about how best to fund an unpaid internship, speak with your ES advisor. 

Beyond these common, core courses, students choose from one of four focused concentrations; these are intended to give you a depth of disciplinary perspective along with the skills to embark on both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. Details on the course requirements for each of the concentrations can be found here.

Courses completed in the core can not count towards the chosen concentration.