Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program at Wellesley College. It trains students to address pressing issues, such as the biodiversity crisis, the collapse of oceanic fisheries, toxic waste disposal, global climate change, green building design, and the inequities and causes of environmental degradation. Through course work, field trips, internships, and directed research, students develop the knowledge and skills needed to study, understand, and address contemporary environmental challenges at the local, national, and international level.
The Environmental Studies program brings together students and faculty with a wide range of interests and disciplinary backgrounds at Wellesley. The program hosts special events for the campus community, including guest speakers, nature walks, and faculty lectures. The program also works closely with student organizations and the college administration to promote sustainability on campus. Alumnae of the program have pursued work in policy, science, education, journalism, and other fields related to the environment.