Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies


For many thousands of years, our ancestors were more shaped by than they were shapers of the environment. This began to change, first with hunting and then, roughly ten thousand years ago, with the beginnings of agriculture. Since then, humans have had a steadily increasing impact on the natural world.

Environmental Studies explores the complex interactions between humans and nature. This exploration requires grounding in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Hence, majors in Environmental Studies must take six core courses, which collectively reflect the subject’s interdisciplinary nature.  Students also select at least four additional courses (electives) that reflect their academic interests and allow for in-depth exploration.

The faculty in Environmental Studies include members of many departments on campus that come together to engage and advise students interested in preparing themselves for careers in environmental studies and related fields. 

Questions about the Environmental Studies program at Amherst should be directed to Karen Graves who is the Academic Coordinator for ENST (102 Morgan Hall, AC# 2225, 413-542-2246, khgraves@amherst.edu) or faculty members of the Environmental Studies Advisory Committee