Many of the critical dilemmas that threaten our world today, such as  global climate change, challenges and conflict over shrinking natural resources, human health effects from toxic exposures, have environmental underpinnings. Addressing these problems requires a truly interdisciplinary approach, calling upon understanding and tools from across the university. Environmental studies prepares students to tackle these issues through rigorous coursework in the natural and social sciences, including economics, law, policy, history, ecology and physical sciences.

We emphasize hands-on learning through field-based courses. Students work directly with community partners to address current issues facing local communities, and are placed in individually tailored internships where they work alongside environmental professionals. Students also master research, report writing, oral communication, advocacy, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, website development and problem-solving skills. Many students undertake field studies abroad with our partner programs, and/or participate in our signature immersive, integrated semester programs,  the Environmental Field Semester and the Environmental Health and Justice  program.

Check out our blog  AND  Green Ideas for Brandeis: April 2012  


FYS43b: Counts toward ENVS, AMST, SJSP and others. Limited to 18 students.

Hands-on!  Ideal for First-Years & anyone who wants to be active.

In"Visions of the Environment: Images to Action" FYS43B we explore our relationship with the natural world through the lens of standout books, films and works of art -- all brought to light through many field trips and active engagement.  It's an Experiential Learning course grounded deeply in an underlying social justice theme, with lots of off-campus involvement and hands-on exploration. 

Students in the course also have the option of participating in a Practicum for extra credit, "Housing for Good: Safe, Environmentally Healthy and Just."  

The course is a Social Science/Humanities elective for ENVS, AMST and SJSP.  Register online using Sage.