Part of GW’s Department of Geography in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the environmental studies program offers coursework related to sustainability. It includes a variety of offerings in the social sciences, physical and life sciences and the humanities. The program serves as initial preparation toward analyzing broad-based environmental and development policy, both domestically and internationally.
Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies, students can also major or minor in geography or minor in geographic information systems.
What can I expect to learn in the Environmental Studies program at GW?
After taking the introductory physical geography and society and environment courses, students select from offerings in geography, geology and biological sciences and techniques courses in geospatial analysis, statistics and economics.
What is the Environmental Studies community like at GW?
Environmental studies is a platform for student engagement on many levels. Students can gain experience outside the classroom through internship and service opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area, including government agencies and environmental organizations. Students can also participate in campus organizations such as Green GW.
What can I do in the Environmental Studies field?
Students with a B.A. in environmental studies have career opportunities in many fields. They can work in environmental management and policy, engage in ecological research, write environmental impact assessments, manage critical resources like water or work as planners. Many go on to graduate school and eventual careers as educators, managers and lawyers.