CAS Dean Maria Toyoda and CUES Director Patricia Hogan in a lab

Dean Maria Toyoda and CUES Director Patricia Hogan

The University’s longstanding Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors are now housed together in the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) to offer a more innovative, multidisciplinary approach to examining and understanding how urban communities function within the context of environmental sustainability. 

The Environmental Science major provides students with a broad background in fundamental physical and biological sciences to use in specialty environmental science courses. Students then delve into the areas of environmental ethics, policy, and regulation to discover how scientific findings are incorporated into society. Environmental Science majors may craft their major to emphasize chemistry related impacts or biological impacts.

The Environmental Studies major is an interdisciplinary major that draws from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The interdisciplinary scope of the program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of environmental and sustainability issues. Students in the Environmental Studies program choose a concentration in environmental policy or urban environmentalism.