The A.B. degree is designed for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues. The major permits students to combine studies in natural sciences and engineering with courses in social sciences and humanities to develop particular focus areas or themes relevant to students’ individual interests.
Students who receive the A.B. degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy are well positioned for careers where the ability to think across traditional boundaries is valued.
Possible careers include:
- Environmental advising on Capitol Hill or in other local, state or federal government agencies
- Environmental consulting
- Research assistant
- K-12 teaching
- Environmental writing or publishing
- Curriculum development
- Education at museums or other outreach settings
- Majors may also choose to enter a professional graduate program in law, business, public health, or public policy, in which their undergraduate major will provide the basis for specialization.
The A.B. degree stresses a firm foundation in basic natural and social sciences. The central core course, ENVIRON 201, relies on case studies to demonstrate the inherent interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems. Other requirements include a course in probability and statistics, a course in environmental policy, and an independent study, field experience or internship. The remaining required courses in the upper-level curriculum are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor to address a specific theme, area of interest or career objective. At least two courses must be selected from each of the approved lists in natural sciences/engineering and social sciences/humanities.