Environmental Studies First Year Courses

DirectorC. Henke

Colgate’s Environmental Studies Program helps students to understand the complexity of environmental issues and to underscore the consequences and impacts of the human experience on the environment. Students in environmental studies learn to think, speak, and write clearly and articulately about environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. The environmental studies curriculum combines interdisciplinary breadth with depth in a chosen field of study.

The Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program located within the Division of University Studies and staffed by faculty from a number of departments who apply their knowledge and expertise to teaching and research endeavors that cross disciplinary boundaries. 

Major Programs

The program administers five majors: environmental studies, plus four departmentally affiliated majors including environmental biology, environmental economics, environmental geography, and environmental geology. All five majors include a common set of courses that ensures a common interdisciplinary experience. At the same time, each student achieves depth in analytical ability by taking a specified suite of courses, usually in a particular discipline, chosen in consultation with her or his adviser.

Registration Suggestions

Students interested in any of the environmental studies majors or minor should consider beginning their program of study in the fall semester by taking GEOG 105 or GEOL 135. Students considering an environmental biology major are strongly encouraged to take chemistry and/or BIOL 181 in the fall. Students interested in environmental economics may want to take ECON 151 in the fall. Students interested in environmental geography might consider registering for GEOG 105. Potential environmental geology majors should consider GEOL 135.