BA Environmental Studies

Environmental issues are becoming more complex by the day. As these concerns continue to rise, so does public anxiety, especially when it comes to environmental legislation and policy. This is where the call for those with a blend of science as well as policy knowledge is on the rise. The range of knowledge that Environmental Studies students obtain from an interdisciplinary blending of programs provides them with this much desired edge. As the world continues to change, the need for those who will know how to cope with this change is more important than ever.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies degree is an interdisciplinary program, drawing from 12 departments, designed to provide a flexible platform for students whose primary interest is in the area of environmental policy.

In their first two years, all Environmental Studies majors complete introductory courses in the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology), as well as introductory- to intermediate-level coursework in economics, political science, philosophy, and sociology.

Students then work with a faculty advisor to select a set of intermediate-to upper-level environmental courses in an area appropriate to the student’s career objectives.  Concentrations are available in the following cluster areas:

  • International
  • Marine
  • Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Urban
  • Water
  • Interdisciplinary

A degree in Environmental Studies will allow a student to pursue any number of career paths or graduate study. A student may choose to specialize in anything from environmental media communications to areas of conservation and environmental protection. Many graduates work in fields that integrate different areas of focus. Environmental Studies degree paths include environmental engineering, environmental planning, policy-making, public service, management, environmental research, as well as education.

The head advisor for the environmental studies major is Malcolm Hill (