Environmental Studies

Our students are empowered to create a more ecologically vibrant and economically and socially just world by engaging environmental problems in all their complexity.

Ursinus students Madison Moses (left) and Jess Greenburg work on the Ursinus farm.

Students develop problem-solving skills through integrative course work and experiential learning both inside and outside the classroom. When confronting the challenge of fostering sustainability our students get their boots muddy and their hands dirty with work on applied projects in the areas of climate change, action, and justice; biodiversity and ecosystem conservation; agriculture and food systems; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); land-use change; urbanization and planning; waste and recycling; ocean and freshwater systems; geology; and stewardship of natural resources. 

Students hone their theory-informed insights; analytical, technical, and laboratory skills; and creative solutions in a variety of ways, including

  • working with community partners on ecological restoration and environmental management projects in the area
  • seasonal engagement with production at the campus farm and our WERS agroecological field site
  • field trips to regional conservation areas and facilities
  • and meetings with champions of sustainability
Quick Environmental Studies Facts


of Environmental Studies majors get substantial real-world experience during their four years.

Pfahler Hall 112
Environmental Studies