About the Program
Founded in 1984, The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) was one of the
first multidisciplinary environmental programs in the United States.
Our students and alumni have become effective practitioners and
advocates for the environment in medicine, law, finance, industry,
government, and other academic fields.
Environmental Studies is offered as a dual major in conjunction with any stand-alone major in the School of Arts and Sciences and the
School of Engineering.
This dual-major program combines the depth of a major
in a specific field with a wide breadth of environmentally oriented
courses. Students who major in Environmental Studies must register with the ENVS Program Office,
and are placed in one of the tracks—each of which
has its own advisor.
The Environmental Studies major
requires the completion of five core courses, plus five courses
in any one track, and an internship. The core curriculum requires
students to master basic scientific principles of environmental
processes, to examine interactions between technology and the
environment, and to explore the societal context for implementing
environmental policy. We recommend that students begin the major by
taking Environmental Biology (Bio7/Env7) early on, to get to know
Learn more about the Environmental Studies major requirements >
The ENVS Program in our students' words:
"The professors were all so passionate! It was inspirational."
"The idea of critical thinking is pushed: to think about environmental problems
through different lenses and attempt to come to a solution that incorporates
"The ENVS Program does an extraordinarily good job communicating with its students.
I love being on the e-list and getting notified of events, internships, jobs,
"It helped me realize that there are many possible career paths from Environmental
"I loved the flexibility and interdisciplinary of this major; I took classes in
Economics, Biology, Chemistry, CEE, UEP, English, etc."
"I really feel that this major helped me to understand environmental issues and gain a
strong scientific background for future work in the field. The classes were
interesting, and I think the information I learned through them will be
useful throughout my career."
"Very relevant to what I would like to do, good community of people, some really
good classes. Classes that were "requirements" surprised me with how much I liked them."
Meet our students >
- Find an advisor
The program has a dedicated group of over 20
from 12 different departments, which will allow you to select
the right advisor based on your interests in Environmental
Studies. Email the faculty member who most likely matches your
interests to inquiry about their availability. The advisor for the
Food Systems and Nutrition minor is Dr.
Cathy Stanton. The faculty advisor for the Environmental and
Policy minor is
Dr. John Durant.
- Declare the Major/Minor
Students in the Environmental Studies program must register with the Program Office and
select one of the specialized tracks by the end of the Sophomore year. It is
recommended that students interested in Environmental Studies declare as soon as
possible to ensure that they receive the best possible consultation on achieving
To declare the Major or Minor you must submit the
of Major/Minor form to the Student Services Desk in Dawling Hall.
You are strongly advised to inform ENVS when declaring the
Major/Minor by sending an email to environmentalstudies(@tufts.edu)
so that you can be added to our email list and hear about
Program announcements, events, etc.
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- Take required courses
- Major requirements:
- Five core courses
- Five courses in a specialized track
- One introductory course
- One research/methods course
- Three elective courses (one must be a seminar)
- Minor requirements:
Learn more about ENVS academic policies >
- Complete an internship and sign up for ENV 99 (only for Majors)
Internships in Environmental Studies add valuable hands-on
experiences by getting students out of the classroom and into professional environments. They are a great asset
to the student by providing an unique opportunity to fill gaps in their
knowledge and skill set before entering the job market. Internship opportunities
are varied, but all involve at least 100 hours of service (paid or unpaid), in
the summer or during the school year. In order to fulfill the internship requirement,
students must sign up for ENV 99 the semester after completing the internship.
For detailed information click here.
The Program has a
large database of internship experiences
available to ENVS students.
- Submit paperwork
Seniors must apply to graduate in SIS and submit
the documents listed below to the Student Service Desk in
October if graduating in February and in December if graduating
in May and August. For more information click
here. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a copy to the
Student Service Desk AND one copy to the ENVS office. In
addition to the advisement report students must submit: