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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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ENVS Graduate Student Presents at ESRI GIS Conference in DC.

Environmental Studies graduate student, Ms. Anna Mika, was selected to provide a presentation on how she uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies and tools throughout her graduate career. […]

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Environmental Film Festival Screening of “Sustainable”

With faculty working with the iCubed Sustainable Food Access Core, the Center for Environmental Studies hosted a screening of the film “Sustainable” documenting the seventh-generation farmer Marty Travis from Central Illinois. […]

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Report from the field: A new wilderness practice and policy study abroad course in Patagonia

“…the reward of this venture, if there was one, would reside in the doing of the thing itself.” – Kevin Fedarko Starting in Coyhaique, we traveled south in a clockwise loop – first to the snow-tipped mountains of  Cerro Castillo, to lake-guarded Chile Chico, then to guanaco-inhabited Jeinemeni and Chacabuco, to the marble caves of […]

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Anne Wright CES Assistant Professor retires

Anne Wright, CES Assistant Professor, retires after 30 years of service. Anne taught our Invasive Species Management in Urban Park in collaboration with the James River Park System. Many of her outreach activities can we found at Science in the Park.  Anne is trained as an aquatic ecologist and she introduced We’ll miss you, Anne! […]

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Graduate Position – Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research

A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway. Want to be part of the solution? Graduate Position – Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research The Environmental Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (https://ces.vcu.edu/) in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS; https://www.fws.gov/harrisonlake/) invites applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2020 to collaborate on our […]

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Team Birdo- PW Project Video

This video project focuses on the Prothonotary Warbler, a native bird of Virginia and was produced as a component of the ENVS543 Environmental Data Literacy course at VCU.     […]

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