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Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary academic field focusing solving some of the most complicated and challenging environmental problems and issues.  Curricula in this field combines fundamental knowledge in Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Earth Sciences as a foundation within a hands-on applied quantitative and technical framework.

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Study Abroad Opportunities
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Accelerated Programs
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Geospatial Data Analysis
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Environmental Policy

At this point in our history, the application of environmental studies is a task with ever increasing importance.  Our curriculum is designed from the ground up to provide you a combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences making you competitive in the marketplace.  We believe that the learning experience is based upon solving real-world problems, integrating economic, political, biological, and ecological interactions in solutions that benefit human society.

Academic Advising

Undergraduate Programs

Academic advising for undergraduate programs, minors, certificates, and the M.Envs accelerated program are handled by Ms. Lindsay Freeman.  

Graduate Programs

Advising for the graduate programs in Environmental Studies are handled by Dr. Daniel McGarvey, Director of Graduate Programs in Environmental Studies.

News & Research

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Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

Students transform their understanding of the importance of protecting their local watersheds along the James River in Virginia. Here is a link to a short video on the program. […]

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ENVS MS Student Wins National Logo Design Competition

Second-year MS student Kaycee Faunce is busy racking up an impressive list of accomplishments. For her thesis, Kaycee is conducting an ambitious modeling project on the landscape-scale regulators of organic carbon age in U.S. rivers. This is a critically important project because rivers are traditionally assumed to be carbon sinks, but recent work suggests that rivers may […]

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New Course “Paths to Environmental Leadership” targeted at Sophomores and Juniors

Are you a college sophomore or junior? Are you interested in conservation, environmental stewardship, or environmental policy? Have you demonstrated a commitment to the environment through participation in campus activities or service to your community? Are you working towards a career that will enable you to address environmental issues on a local, national, or global […]

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Freshwater Fridays!!!!

This fall VCU ENVS is offering a unique 9-credit block in freshwater studies that meets all day on Fridays. The block consists of 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT (with Dr. James Vonesh, VCU), STEAM SURVEY METHODS (with Dr. Dan McGarvey, VCU), and VIRGINIA WATER QUALITY ISSUES & CAREERS […]

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ENVS Online Curriculum Resources

In response to the current situation, we have posted a set of resources for students, staff, and faculty to help in transitioning to online learning. https://ces.vcu.edu/online-teaching/ This is a process, and this page will be updated as necessary when we have more information. […]

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Local students visit State Capitol as part of STEM grant

BEST in Bay Watersheds promotes learning outdoors and in the classroom Student teams and teachers from four local school districts visited the Virginia State Capitol earlier this month to share with legislative representatives their progress with field investigations into local watershed ecosystems along the James River, as well as plans for future stewardship civic action projects. […]

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