The heart of an environmental studies (ENV) education at Ursinus is interdisciplinary learning in the interests of applied problem solving. ENV at Ursinus combines the best attributes of a liberal arts education with professional development that prepares students to enter the fields of conservation, sustainability, and environmental protection.

Environmental studies majors at Ursinus learn and apply critical thinking skills in many contexts, including in the classroom, laboratory, field study, internships, and professional partnerships built around real world projects concerning major environmental issues of the day. 

As an ENV major or minor, you will learn about the social and scientific complexity of environmental problems through rigorous natural science, social science, humanities, and interdisciplinary courses (see departmental learning goals). Our courses are first and foremost designed to help our students develop critical thinking skills, and do so by engaging many topics, including:

  • animal rights and environmental justice,
  • cities and their ecology,
  • climate change,
  • food systems and agriculture,
  • forests and human interactions,
  • environmental geology,
  • environmental policy and management,
  • land use and landscape change,
  • ocean and freshwater ecosystems,
  • recycling and waste,
  • stewardship of renewable natural resources, and
  • species and ecosystem conservation.

Students get their hands dirty through projects, field trips, and field work. ENV students:

  • reforest and restore nearby ecosystems;
  • develop lessons for school students about climate and landscape change;
  • study and participate in the development of local food systems;
  • support the college’s sustainability initiatives;
  • help community partners conserve water, land, and other resources; and
  • conduct basic and applied research that informs environmental problem-solving.

Outside the classroom, ENV students often engage in additional sustainability, conservation, and environmental initiatives on campus and the community. Our graduates go on to diverse and exciting jobs and a variety of graduate degrees, including law school, medical school, and masters and Ph.D. programs. 

August 29th, 2019

  • Aug 29 2019 4:30pm
    U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean A Discussion with U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean
    Pfahler Hall

    U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018 in Pennsylvania’s 4th District, which includes Ursinus, Collegeville and most of Montgomery County. Join Rep. Dean for a discussion of her legislative and policy initiatives concerning the environment.

September 11th, 2019

  • Sep 11 2019 7:00pm
    Richard Alley Finding the Good News on Energy and Environment
    Olin Auditorium
    Dr. Richard Alley, a world-renown expert on ice and climate change, will present the evidence that we can build a sustainable energy system that avoids the pollution causing climate change.

September 26th, 2019

  • Sep 26 2019 6:30pm
    Women in Finance Panel and Networking
    Alumnae from Ursinus will share perspectives on how to succeed in finance. Learn how to advocate for yourself, overcome challenges, make connections to support your long term career.

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