Academic Program

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The academic program in environmental studies encompasses two majors—one in environmental policy and the other in environmental science—and a concentration in environmental studies. It includes classes from across the college—in the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students can draw on the outstanding faculty and resources to study subjects ranging from atmospheric chemistry and economic policy to Amazonian literature. Our program is based on the premise that students need to have both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth in order to understand human behavior and the landscapes we inhabit.

Though students must complete several core courses and prerequisites, depending on the track they choose, they can focus some of their elective courses in an integrated, interdisciplinary study of the environment. The program provides students with tools and ideas needed to engage constructively with the environmental and social issues brought about by changes in population, economic activity, and values.

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