The Environmental Studies major is composed of a series of courses that bridges three or more disciplines to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues. Majors select 14 courses from 11 different departments or programs to create a broad yet deep curriculum tailored to their interests.
Students with an interest in pursuing graduate studies in environmental science should consider majoring in a traditional science discipline, such as biology, chemistry, or physics, and complete a minor in Environmental Studies. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies or a career in environmental affairs may be best served by combining a minor in Environmental Studies with a major in economics, political science, sociology, or other discipline.
Environmental Studies involves faculty experts from various departments. Faculty conduct original research in numerous fields and cover a wide range of topics such as:
- the flora and natural history of central Massachusetts
- environmental philosophy
- water quality in the Blackstone River watershed
- environmentally responsible breweries in New England
- the impact of local environmental changes on the economy
- ecological responses to natural and anthropogenic environmental change
Study Abroad Opportunities
Many Environmental Studies students choose to conduct research and fieldwork through a semester abroad experience with our partner school, School for Field Studies (SFS). From aquatics to wildlife, land to water scarcity, SFS offers programs in Australia and New Zealand, Costa Rica, Kenya and Tanzania, Panama and the Turks and Caicos Islands that include integrated coursework and field research. Environmental Studies majors and minors also participate in many of the other study abroad opportunities, such as the University of Melbourne in Australia and St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Prof. Sarah Luria, Director of Environmental Studies