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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 both as a stand-alone major and as a dual major in conjunction with any stand-alone major in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. We also offer a minor in Food System and Nutrition and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy (for Engineering students only). The Environmental Studies co-major requires the completion of five core courses, plus five courses in any one track, and an internship. The stand-alone Applied Environmental Studies major requires five core courses, five skill-based courses, four courses in any one track, a capstone course 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 pursuing a major degree begin by taking ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies early on, to get to know the program.

Learn more about the Environmental Studies Program 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 them all."

"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, opportunities, etc."

"It helped me realize that there are many possible career paths from Environmental Studies."

"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."

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ENVS step-by-step

  1. Find an advisor
    The program has a dedicated group of over 25 faculty advisors from 14 different departments, which will allow you to select the right advisor based on your interests in Environmental Studies. Contact 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.
  2. 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.

    Once a faculty member has agreed to be your advisor you can declare your major or minor online.

    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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  3. Take required courses

    Learn more about ENVS academic policies >

  4. 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.
  5. 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: