Welcome Amherst class of 2023!
Exploring the complex interactions between humans and the environment requires grounding in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Link to a short video and listen to professors and students in ENST talk about the field of environmental studies, the major, and research opportunities for students.
Students interested in Environmental Studies should consider taking one of the following core requirements of the major in the fall semester of Year 1: Environmental History (ENST-220/HIST-104 or HIST-105), Statistics (ENST-240/STAT-111E or STAT-111 or STAT-135), or Economics* (ECON-111). Please note, however, that Economics with Environmental Applications (ENST 230/ECON-111E) will be offered in Spring 2020.
Other courses that serve as electives for the ENST major and are also offered in the fall semester include: BIOL-181: Adaptation & the Organism, GEOL-105: Introduction to Oceanography, POSC-112: The International Politics of Climate Change, and POSC-307: States of Extraction: Nature and World Politics in the Americas.
In the spring semester of Year 1, completion of the required course ENST-120 The Resilient (?) Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Studies is strongly recommended, as it provides a broad overview of the major and serves as a pre-requisite for Ecology (ENST-210/BIOL-230), Environmental Policy (ENST-260), and other upper-level electives in the major. In addition, Economics with Environmental Applications (ENST 230/ECON-111E) and Environmental History (ENST-220/HIST-104) will also be offered in Spring 2020.
The Environmental Studies Major
The Environmental Studies major consists of a minimum of 11 courses:
- ENST-120: The Resilient (?) Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Studies
- 5 core courses:
- 4 Electives (see lists of electives on the Major requirements page)
- ENST-495: Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
AP Credit for Advanced Placement
Credit is not offered for advanced placement in Environmental Studies. However, students who have taken AP statistics or AP micro- and macroeconomics can sometimes place out of these core requirements with permission from the Environmental Studies Department. In such cases, students are then required to replace these core requirements with an additional elective.
How Can I Stay Involved in Environmental Studies at Amherst?
Students seeking environmental activities outside of the classroom are encouraged to visit the following websites:
- Sustainability at Amherst – Green Amherst and What Can You Do?
- Read about the College's Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030
- Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES)
- Research Opportunities in the OES for students
- Follow the Book and Plow farm on Facebook & Instagram
Please see our About the Major page for additional requirements for Environmental Studies majors.