Environment (BA)

University of Michigan

Date Posted: May 5, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The Environment major in the Univerity of Michigan's Program in the Environment (PitE) allows students the flexibility to explore and choose a path that interests them, while providing a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as well as humanities. Program in the Environment’s core requirements expand students' knowledge of environmental problems and solutions by exposing them to a wide range of natural, social science, and humanistic disciplines.

Students in this major will select a specialization, which allows students to go from an interdisciplinary perspective to a more focused examination of a topic with an environmental focus. This major's most popular specializations are Conservation of Biological Diversity, Urban Planning, Environmental Politics and Policy, Natural Resource Management, Public Health, and Environmental Education.

Students are also required to complete a practical experience component. The practical experience requirement is, at minimum, a three credit engaged learning opportunity that students complete outside of the traditional classroom setting. Students participate in skills development and learning experiences which are facilitated through interactions with a range of individuals and groups. Every practical experience opportunity includes a research component that pushes students to engage with the larger arena of environmental issues through question formulation, data collection, analysis, and discussion.

Students can fulfill this requirement one of three ways: 1. Taking a class at a residential field station, 2. Participating in the internship program, or 3. Completing a study abroad course or program

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