Environmental problems are complex, requiring expertise rooted in the traditional areas of natural and social sciences. Creative and sustainable approaches to real-world issues of climate change, environmental justice, essential resource depletion, population growth, public health, and hunger, depends on our ability to understand the interactive components of natural, built, and social environments. The goal of our environmental studies curriculum is to produce professionals who can do just that. EVST graduates will have a strong foundation in key areas, but will also "speak the language" of the multiple disciplines involved in environmental problem solving.
Recently, a consortium of faculty members (representing nine different departments and several local agencies) collaboratively developed the current degree program. In the new program, students are broadly prepared across disciplines, but are also required to focus and specialize through the selection of a minor. The curriculum incorporates experiential and service learning, collaborative problem solving, and meaningful interactions with environmental professionals. Academic credit is given for research, internships, and international travel experiences.
One of the popular misconceptions about Environmental Studies is that it is, essentially, a “science” program. While there are certainly many opportunities for students interested in the natural sciences to focus in that area, the substantial breadth of the program also allows majors to align with the humanities and social sciences.