Why Environmental Studies?

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Environmental problems are interdisciplinary by nature. It’s not just science. We want our students to have an understanding of the social, political, and economic dimensions of environmental issues, as well as a good grounding in science.”
—Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology

Coursework for your major is combined with an outstanding liberal arts curriculum, which provides a broad foundation of knowledge on which to build a career.

Environmental Studies at Morris features

A seven–course core curriculum

    • including economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics
  • One–to–one mentorship to design a personalized elective plan

  • An internship or field experience

  • A senior capstone project
    • you and your peers delve into a broad local or regional environmental topic, working together to answer a complex question
  • We offer a wide range of electives in anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, geology, the humanities, political science, and sociology. Courses recently added to our environmental studies offerings include:


    • ENST 3988 Pre-Internship Seminar
    • ENST 3989 Post-Internship Seminar

Social Sciences:

    • ECON 3007 & 3008 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    • ENST 3101 Industrial Ecology
    • ENST 3001 Water Resources Policy
    • HIST 3361 Environmental and Geographic History of the United States
    • POL 3355 Environmental Political Theory

Natural Sciences:

    • BIOL 4332 Ecology of Agriculture and Forestry
    • BIOL 4333 Biogeochemistry and Global Change
    • BIOL 4334 Forest Ecology
    • ESCI 3301 The Chemistry of Sustainable Energy


    • ENGL 2106 The Environmental Imagination
    • ENST 3112 Climate Change and Moral Responsibility
    • ENST 3201 Environmental Justice

Environmental Studies or Environmental Science?

Morris offers degrees in both environmental studies and environmental science. Which major is right for you? Environmental studies draw on courses from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Environmental science draws courses primarily from the natural sciences.

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Can I Add a Scond Major?

Yes! Many students add a second major or a minor to add depth to their environmental studies major. For certain majors, environmental studies electives may also count toward the second major.

Major Requirements and Objectives

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