The specialization in Environmental Studies is designed to increase undergraduate students’ understanding of the physical environment that is inhabited and influenced by humans, and the ways in which direct and indirect policy-making by social, economic, and political institutions affect environmental issues.
Incoming freshmen may elect to participate in the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE). RISE students are housed in Hubbard Hall, where several of the required courses are taught. This integrated living-learning environment allows students from the several colleges and disciplines to develop a sense of community and promotes a team approach to solving environmental problems.
The specialization in environmental studies is available to all students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Science, and the College of Social Science. These five colleges jointly administer this undergraduate specialization. The College of Natural Science is the primary administrative unit.
For more information, visit the RISE Web Site.