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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, in their first year, the introductory course (ENST-120 The Resilient (?) Earth; offered in the spring) and an additional course to begin exploring the major.
Courses that serve either as core requirements or electives for the ENST major and are open to first-year students in the fall semester include: ARCH-205: Sustainable Design, BIOL-181: Adaptation & the Organism, BLST-162: Black on Earth, Introduction to African American Environmental Literature, ECON-111: Introduction to Economics, ENST-226: Footprints on the Earth, GEOL-109: Climate Science & Rhetoric, GEOL-300: Water Science, POSC-112: The International Politics of Climate Change, and STAT-111: Introduction to Statistics and STAT-135: Introduction to Statistics via modeling.
In the spring semester of Year 1, participation in 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), Environmental Policy (ENST-250, ENST-260), and other upper-level electives in the major. In addition, the core requirements in Economics, Statistics, and History (ENST-220: Environmental Issues of the 19th Century) will also be available to first-year students in Spring 2021.
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:
- Environmental Sustainability at Amherst – Green Amherst and What Can You Do?
- Read about the College's Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030
- Opportunities at the Book and Plow farm 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.