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Environmental and Sustainability Studies, B.A., B.S.

Environmental and sustainability studies draws upon a variety of disciplines to develop a holistic, place-based, and solutions-oriented understanding of environmental and sustainability challenges. Students explore the ways interconnected physical, institutional, and cultural systems shape our attitudes and behavior toward the environment.

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Program Overview

The program emphasizes practical approaches through collaborative problem-solving, research, and community engagement projects, internships, and practicums. The major requires completion of 35 to 37 credits, plus the B.A. or B.S. program requirements. Students organize interdisciplinary coursework around one of four chosen focus areas: Sustainable Food Systems, Energy, Water Resources, and Culture and the Built Environment. A minor is also available with the completion of 21 credits. Visit for more information.

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