Concentrations

The E&S major comprises an interdisciplinary core curriculum coupled with the completion of courses in a thematic concentration of your choice. All students must select one of six concentrations, consisting of six to ten additional courses beyond the core.

About the concentrations

Students in the Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology (EBAE) concentration will learn advanced principles of biology and ecology, and their application to problems of environmental management in fields such as wildlife and fisheries management; forest, wetland and aquatic ecology; environmental microbiology; conservation science; and endangered and invasive species management.

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Students with a concentration in Environmental Economics (EE) will learn economic principles that shape interactions between economic and environmental conditions. This context provides a foundation for understanding how to address environmental challenges with economic interventions and how human activities are influenced by economic policies.

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The Environmental Humanities (EH) explore how people in diverse cultures construct narratives about the environment and its relation to humans and how those narratives inform their actions in the world. Courses exploring subjects such as literature, art, ethics and culture can help students appreciate the underlying values and belief systems that drive much of human behavior. 

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Students with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Governance (EPG) will study policy and broader social dimensions of environmental issues. Foundational courses in several realms of the environmental social sciences will acquaint students with different approaches to studying human-environment relationships. Students will also learn about the design, construction, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy and management.

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Students with a concentration in Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR) pursue interests in hydrology, climate change, soil and air pollution, and similar topics by focusing on how physical and chemical processes influence and are influenced by ecosystems. The concentration emphasizes ecosystems as integrated systems and develop a strong quantitative background in the physical and biological sciences. 

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The Student-Designed concentration (SD) allows students to work with an advisor to develop a plan of study aligned with their personal interests and professional goals that is not encompassed by one of the designated E&S concentrations.

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Students should familiarize themselves as freshmen with the requirements of concentrations in which they may be interested. Some requirements within the core curriculum are listed as categories with different options listed for fulfilling that requirement. Four of the six concentrations require or recommend that students select specific courses among those options listed.