Interested in majoring in Environmental Studies?

To get started, you should take Environmental Studies 150: Introduction to Environmental Science (ENST 150), and Environmental Studies 151: Introduction to Environmental Policy (ENST 151) in your first or second years at Lawrence. ENST 150 is usually taught once a year, either Fall term or Spring term. ENST 151 is almost always taught in the Winter term.  It’s fine to take both courses in the same year, but this is not mandatory. Students with a 4 or a 5 on the AP Environmental Science exam can submit this credit instead of taking ENST150.

Students with a special interest in environmental science should plan to do a "disciplinary focus" in one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, or Physics. They also should talk to their advisors about off-campus and research opportunities to develop their skills and experiences as environmental scientists. Students should try to choose their “disciplinary focus” by the middle of the sophomore year, if possible. Majors with an interest in policy may choose a “disciplinary focus” in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Government, or Philosophy, instead of a focus in a natural science area. Prospective majors should consult with ENST-affiliated faculty in their intended focus department.

Environmental Studies majors should choose a variety of courses from cross-listed offerings in the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and humanities. You will need to take a minimum number of classes in the natural sciences and in policy-related areas, so check the cross-listings carefully.

ENST majors usually do their Senior Experience in winter term of their senior year as part of the ENST 650 seminar. Students should start thinking about possible topics in their junior year and consulting with faculty for guidance.

Majors are also required to complete an experiential learning project through field research, an internship, off-campus study, or volunteering. Many students complete this requirement in the summer. This requirement does not have to be completed as part of a credit-earning class.