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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 DesignBIOL-181: Adaptation & the Organism, BLST-162: Black on Earth, Introduction to African American Environmental LiteratureECON-111: Introduction to EconomicsENST-226: Footprints on the EarthGEOL-109: Climate Science & Rhetoric, GEOL-300: Water SciencePOSC-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:

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 associated with the 2020 academic year.

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.