David Hugo in the field

Focus of Study

Environmental Sciences and Policy majors gain a broad understanding of the natural world, humans’ impacts on it, and the physical, biological and social sciences critical to finding solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental issues.

Within this interdisciplinary framework, students can acquire in-depth knowledge in a specialized field by pursuing a three-course “sub-discipline” in topics such as climate change, sustainability, ecotoxicology, environmental justice, marine ecology, renewable energy and environmental economics, among many others. Many students do independent research in their area of specialty to fulfill Graduation with Distinction honors. About 40% of our students are double majors or are pursuing customized interdepartmental majors.