Environmental Studies Program

Draw on a variety of academic disciplines to study the single most pressing issue in the history of humanity.


The Colgate Environmental Studies Program builds awareness of complex regional and global environmental issues by investigating the consequences of human impacts. The curriculum combines interdisciplinary breadth with depth in a chosen field of study.

Students learn to think, speak, and write clearly and articulately about environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, working closely with faculty in a number of disciplines and pursuing both collaborative and individual research projects in the program’s upper-level courses.

The program offers the following majors and minors:


  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental geography
  • Environmental geology
  • Environmental studies


  • Environmental studies

Department Contacts

Director: Mike Loranty
Academic Department Coordinator:
Sarah Hughes
Office: 220 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7201

Program Coordinator: Julia Sparks
245 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-6360

Land Acknowledgment

The Environmental Studies Program at Colgate University recognizes our collective responsibility to acknowledge our colonial history. Our campus sits on the unceded traditional lands of the Onyota’a:ká: known as the People of the Upright Stone and Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us here today. Join us in our commitment to honor the Oneida Nation and value the importance of Indigenous voices and wisdom as we confront climate change and environmental injustice.