Courses by area
Most of our courses are taught by five full-time environmental studies faculty members who have together received widespread international recognition for their research. Additional cross-listed environmental studies courses are taught by faculty in other programs across the University. The environmental studies curriculum has several major clusters of courses that are described below:
Ecology (ECOL). These natural science courses allow students to study animals, plants, and their interactions through lecture, field, and laboratory studies.
Environmental Management and Policy (EMP). These social science courses focus on the efforts of people to protect and manage the environment, with an emphasis on the practical realities of planning and implementing policies for environmental protection at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS). These natural science courses allow students to understand planet Earth as a physical and chemical system. Through lecture, field, and laboratory studies, students learn about the interaction of human and biological activity with the air, water, and soils of Earth.
Geography (GEOG). These courses focus on the mapping and analysis of the interactions of natural and human activities across the world and across time. Geography courses include perspectives from both the natural and social sciences, and some of these courses include instruction in computer-based mapping through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Cross-listed Environmental Studies (ENVST). These courses offer a wide variety of additional perspectives on environmental studies taught by faculty across the University, including courses in the humanities and social sciences.