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Degrees offered

  • Environmental studies major
  • Environmental studies minor

As an environmental studies major, you’ll learn from faculty with diverse interests and expertise from across the liberal arts. You’ll take courses across a spectrum of fields - including the earth sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Field courses

Cornell’s One Course At A Time calendar is ideal for off-campus learning. You might measure species diversity while in Ecuador. Or examine coral reef health while in the Bahamas. Or study glaciers and climate change in New Zealand. A variety of courses provides you with opportunities that can only happen while off-campus

Boundary Waters Costa Rica


You design your own environmental studies concentration using courses from any department or combination of departments. Not sure what that might look like? Take a look at what some of our previous students have done with their concentrations.


Capstone experience

The capstone gives you the opportunity to pursue an in-depth project to complement and complete your concentration. You might take on an internship, work with faculty and peers in a research class, or design your own capstone with the help of your advisor. Funding for your capstone project will be provided through the environmental studies program.