The environmental studies department gives students a broad understanding of the complex nature of environmental problems.

The aim is to provide specific knowledge of the relationship between traditional disciplines and environmental studies. The program also hopes to foster an integrated and coherent approach for environmental problem solving. To meet such objectives, the curriculum includes courses listed with other departments of the University as well as in particular areas of environmental studies.  Many courses focus on the study of rural issues both inside and outside the classroom, to make maximum use of the University‚Äôs location.

Frequently Taught Courses



Current Courses

Sara Ashpole


Landscape Ecology
Restoration Ecology
Global Amphibian Decline
Transboundary Wildlife Conservation

Samuel Byrne

Environmental health

Health Effects of Pollution
Environmental Epidemiology
Natural History of Infectious Diseases

Carrie Johns

Water pollution

Sustainable Agriculture
Water Pollution
Air Pollution

David Murphy


Energy and the Environment
Renewable Energy
Energy Life Cycle Analysis

Peter Pettengill


Recreation Management & Public Lands
Recreation Policy and Planning
Recreation Research and Monitoring Impacts

Jon Rosales

Climate change

Climate Change Policy and Advocacy
Global Change and Sustainability
Once and Future Forests
Adapting to Climate Change