Environmental Studies Program

The Colorado College Environmental Studies Program prepares its majors to understand their connection to the environment, acquire the skills to explore scientific and human interrelationships in the global ecosystem, and pursue interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. We offer two integrated majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, and a disciplinary track in Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Science Major has the following goals:

The Environmental Science major prepares students to investigate the Earth system with a particular focus on how humans interact with the environment. Students acquire tools from multiple scientific disciplines to solve problems at the interface of society and the environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Student can articulate, measure/calculate, analyze, and model:
    • the dynamics of a complex system
    • the flows and transformations of energy and matter within and between each sphere in the Earth System
  • Students can utilize quantitative reasoning skills to address societally-relevant environmental problems
  • Students can critically analyze the ways in which scientific knowledge is gathered, as well as an appreciation for the historical and societal constructs in which it occurs
  • Students are able to disseminate scientific knowledge to multiple relevant audiences

The Environmental Studies Major has the following goals:

The Environmental Studies major prepares students to investigate the complexity of socio-ecological relationships. Students use approaches from multiple disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to pursue interdisciplinary inquiry and problem-solving. Students will be able to articulate the ways institutions, societies, and individuals respond to and shape environmental outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the major, students will be able to articulate the following:

  • How institutions, values, ideas, and power relations shape the relationships between humans and the biophysical environment
  • How current social, cultural, and ecological conditions are shaped by changes over time and across space
  • Possible pathways for more sustainable and just outcomes

Elective Tracks
Though you are not required to have a focus area for your major, many students find it useful to do so. Below are suggested elective tracks (Note that some of the following electives can also fulfill major requirements; classes cannot be double counted.)

  • Environmental Justice: EV274, EV276, EV282, SW220, EV375, EV301, EV342
  • Environmental Policy and Management: EV373, EV341, EV356, EV334, EV323, EV352, EV375, EV342, EV335, EV321
  • Environmental Humanities: EV281, EV282, EV255, EV285, EV273, EV261, EV361, PH303
  • Conservation Ecology: EV209; EV343, EV316, EV309, EV321


In The News

Fall 2022 Newsletter

COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt! Here you will find media and student reports of our time abroad

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Fall 2021 Newsletter

Corina McKendry has co-edited a book titled “Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice.” Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice

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Professor of Environmental Education Howard Drossman has received a lifetime achievement award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.

Colorado Colleges Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Lynne Gratz will be the lead principal investigator on a $1.6 million, multi-institution National Science Foundation grant. The research project, a collaboration between Colorado College, Utah State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Utah, will focus on the chemistry of atmospheric mercury, a hazardous air pollutant of both local and global importance. Colorado College's portion of the grant, $254,471, will support two student researchers each in the summer of 2021 and 2022, as well as Gratz's participation in the fieldwork and data analysis over the next three years.

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