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 OceanographyPOSC-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:

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?

Download the FAQ sheet or slides from the 2019 ENST Orientation session.

Students seeking environmental activities outside of the classroom are encouraged to visit the following websites:

Please see our About the Major page for additional requirements for Environmental Studies majors.