No matter what major you have chosen, having an understanding of the natural world and the ways in which it interacts with human activities leads to enhanced professional opportunities.

For example, biologists are working to quantify how rises and declines of different species will affect human pursuits and systems. Mathematicians are using algorithms to predict environmental phenomena. Health professionals are treating patients with problems related to the environments in which they live and work. Politicians are devising policies to respond to climate change at the global and local levels. Truly, every field is affected by the human relationship to the natural world…and increasingly so.     

Throughout this first year, your coursework in the Core curriculum encourages you to contemplate human relationships to the environment from historical, economic, scientific, aesthetic and ethical perspectives. You come to see that humans belong to ecosystems and that your future health and livelihood are more dependent than you ever imagined on cycles that involve other organisms, air, water, chemicals and energy.

Learn more about the Core curriculum’s first year experiences and coursework. 

Student Testimonials

Megan Perry '15

“This course really opened my eyes to the destruction humans are causing to our wonderful planet. It made me think about how I can utilize green chemistry techniques in my biochemistry field of study.”

Jessica Lemos '16
Medical Biology

“Environmental Science gave me knowledge about the world today and how important sustaining a clean, green environment really is.”

Kayla Lindros '15

“Taking Environmental Science opened my eyes to how our everyday actions impact not only ourselves, but the earth and everything living on it.”