Major or minor in environmental studies
Minor in sustainability, climate change, and geology

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.


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. You can also view courses by the program in our most recent course catalogue

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.

Rogers Fellowship in Environmental Studies

Organization: University of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Timeframe: Summer
Deadline: Block 5

The Fellow will be matched with a site on or near the University of South Carolina. Possible projects include research on pelagic fishes in the Gulf of Mexico, research on policies and practices related to environmental law, or sustainable seafood practices involving the seafood industry, tourism, and economics. Past Rogers Fellows have been placed with the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies and at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Contact Environmental Studies chair, Rhawn Denniston, to learn more about the Rogers Fellowship.