The Environmental Studies Major

The central intellectual challenge of Environmental Studies (EVST) is to combine the knowledge and diverse perspectives offered by the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in order to help solve the diverse environmental problems that we face today. Environmental Studies is interdisciplinary, preparing the best and the brightest students to solve environmental problems today and in the future.

Yale College Environmental Studies offers both BA and BS Programs of study.  For both programs, students begin by building a prerequisite foundation in chemistry, biology, math and statistics.  Students then delve into humanities and social science courses that focus on the environment. From this broad foundation, students build a strong area of concentration and conduct senior research. Please use the links on the left side of this page to learn more about the specific requirements in the two Programs.

Many Environmental Studies graduates continue their career development by enrolling in top tier professional and graduate schools, studying law, business, medicine, planning or public health, as well as academic fields such as ecology, geology, economics, and history.  In addition, many majors go on to careers in non-profit organizations, governmental positions, or work in the corporate sector.