Environmental Studies Major

Description: A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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Environmental Studies Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Environmental Studies?

Students who have either a general or professional interest in the environment and who wish to be able to evaluate scientific, economic and social aspects of environmental problems will appreciate this major. Environmental studies majors should have, a proficiency in math and the sciences.

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What Courses Do Environmental Studies Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Environmental Studies majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biology Courses
  • Climate Change
  • Computer Programming and Simulation
  • Energy Resources
  • Environmental Measurements
  • Geography Courses
  • Geology Courses
  • Mathematics
  • Soil Sciences

What other majors are related to Environmental Studies?

Specializations In This Major

Various specializations related to a major in Environmental Studies may be offered by colleges and universities. These specializations may be of greater or lesser interest to you. A few of these specializations related to this field include, but are not limited to: