Environmental Studies seeks to (1) evaluate the nature and magnitude of environmental and climatic change at local, regional, and global scales; (2) understand and explore solutions to energy challenges; and (3) assess the impact of environmental, climatic, and energy challenges on society and contribute toward the development of a public policy that promotes sustainability.
Environmental Studies offers both a B.A. and a B.S. degree for a major in environmental studies. The major in environmental studies is designed primarily for students seeking a career in identifying the causes, scales, and remediation and mitigation approaches to major local, regional, and global environmental problems. Each student must complete the required courses of the major along with an emphasis field. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for the major may have prerequisites that are not part of the major curriculum. Several university departments participate in the major in environmental studies including anthropology, biological sciences, geographic and atmospheric sciences, geology and environmental geosciences, history, industrial and systems engineering, philosophy, political science, sociology, and technology.
Environmental Studies Faculty
Melissa Lenczewski, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, professor in Geology and Environmental Geosciences; Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professor, Director
Holly Jones, Ph.D., Yale University, associate professor in Biological Sciences
Colin Kuehl, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, assistant professor in Political Science
Kevin Martin, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology, associate professor in Engineering Technology
Emily McKee, Ph.D., University of Michigan, associate professor in Anthropology