We offer three major programs of study provided through home academic departments and an interdisciplinary minor program of study. Our majors and minor include common courses from many disciplines across Arts & Sciences and the University, capturing the strengths of both the traditional academic departments and the interdisciplinary innovation necessary to fully explore the multiple issues and questions posed in the study of the environment. The study of the environment, ranging from science to policy, is a dynamic field. Washington University is a leader in research on global climate change and energy, sustainable food production, the environment and human health, and biodiversity conservation.
We offer three major programs of study through home departments:
- Environmental Biology (Biology)
- Environmental Earth Science (Earth and Planetary Science)
- Environmental Policy (Political Science)
We offer an Environmental Studies Minor that includes core coursework in biology, earth science, and political science. Students may choose upper level elective courses in a variety of natural and social science disciplines.
Our Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Minor was developed to better prepare students to tackle real-world environmental challenges by providing more robust opportunities for interdisciplinary knowledge and skill development. In particular, the minor is structured to provide students with opportunities to strengthen their critical analysis and problem solving skills through participation in team-based learning experiences, and where possible by engaging on real-world issues.
Other opportunities for undergraduate study
- Minor in Environmental Engineering
- Minor in Environmental Earth Science
- Global Health and Environment (a major track in Anthropology)
- Minor in Landscape Architecture
- Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic in the School of Law.
- Environmental Issues
- Understanding the Natural World
- Science and Society
- Missouri Natural Heritage - two semester freshman FOCUS course.