B.A./B.S. in Environmental Studies Program By Yale University |Top Universities

B.A./B.S. in Environmental Studies

B.A./B.S. in Environmental Studies

  • QS World University Rankings
    17
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
Environmental Studies examines the complex relationships between humans and the environment. The major offers grounding in the natural sciences combined with a broad interdisciplinary curriculum. Earth and life sciences combine with the physical sciences to provide the means to observe and assess environmental changes. Study in the social sciences?anthropology, political science, and economics?encourages students to examine the role of nature in shaping communities, governments, and the institutions of human societies that in turn shape environments. Study in the humanities?including history, literature, ethics, religion, and the fine arts?allows students to consider the origins and influence of human values and practices, and also the ways that nature has been perceived and depicted. Area of concentration: Students plan their concentration in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies and the student's adviser. A concentration is defined as six courses that provide analytical depth in a particular environmental problem or issue of interest, as well as disciplinary expertise. One of these six courses must be an advanced seminar (200 level or higher) that exposes students to primary literature, extensive writing requirements, and experience with research methods. For the B.S. degree, three of the six courses must have the science (Sc) designation, and two must provide interdisciplinary context to the concentration. Past concentrations include Biodiversity and Conservation; Climate Change and Energy; Environmental History; Environmental Policy; Food and Agriculture; Human Health and Environment; and Urban Environments. Students also have the opportunity to design a unique concentration within the major, in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
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