Environment and Sustainability Major
Broadly stated, the goal of the Environment and Sustainability major is to prepare students to analyze and address complex environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. Because all environmental systems are connected, issues such as climate change, land use, sustainable development, pollution, human and ecosystem health, and sustainable energy, food, and water systems cannot be studied in isolation. Facing these challenges requires basic knowledge in a variety of disciplines including the natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Through a core of common coursework, students develop a foundation in both science and policy. A focus on place-based study and the integration of knowledge across disciplines allows for creative examination of real-world problems on local, regional, national, and international levels.
The Environment and Sustainability major requires 11 courses, including: (1) three common core courses, (2) a course in Environmental Economics, together with two Environmental Policy courses, (3) one foundational science course, (4) one course in Research Methods, and (5) a thematically focused grouping of three courses (Foci).