Department of Environmental Studies

RachelLevin For many thousands of years, our ancestors were more shaped by the enviromentment, than they were shapers of of it. 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 their enviroment. This exploration requires grounding in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Hence, majors in Environmental Studies must take seven core courses that collectively reflect the subject’s interdisciplinary nature. The required introductory course (ENST 120) and senior seminar (ENST 498) are taught by faculty from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and humanities. The remaining core courses include Ecology (ENST 210), Environmental History (either ENST 220 or HIST 105), Economics (ENST 230), Statistics (ENST 240), and Environmental Policy (ENST 252 or 260). (Neither the Environmental Policy requirement nor the eleven course requirement apply to students graduating before 2021.) Majors are strongly encouraged to complete the core requirements prior to their senior year. The senior seminar, offered in the fall semester, fulfills the comprehensive requirement.

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 Environmental Studies at Amherst should be directed to Diane Hutton who is the Academic Coordinator for ENST (101B Beneski Building, AC# 2238, 413-542-2233, dbhutton@amherst.edu).