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environmental studies

Welcome to the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College.

Expanding human impact on the Earth's environment is the central challenge of the 21st century. Our species is altering local and global ecosystems at a rate unprecedented in Earth history as population and affluence grows. These changes manifest themselves as contemporary environmental problems such as global climate change, the biodiversity crisis, and pollution in watersheds, oceans, and the atmosphere. These problems are scientifically and socially complex. The Environmental Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the issues facing our planet as we strive to develop paths toward a sustainable future, from perspectives in the social and natural sciences, arts, and the humanities. We also foster a campus-wide dialog about environmental issues by sponsoring conferences, lectures and other events.

We are an interdisciplinary program that offers a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, involving students and faculty throughout the University. The minor in Environmental Studies is an excellent complement to any major program. Faculty from A&S departments include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, and Theology, and the schools of Education, Law, Management, and Nursing all contribute to the program.

photo of NASA New England