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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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Congratulations Graduates!

Today we celebrated the hard work and achievement of the VCU Environmental Studies class of 2021 and thanked all of those that supported these students on their path to success! In a  virtual ceremony that included more than 100 participants, we awarded 6 Masters and 39 Bachelors degrees to some of the most resilient, creative, […]

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Katherine Schmidt awarded prestigious Lapham Fellowship at American Rivers

Recent Master of Environmental Studies and River Studies and Leadership Certificate graduate Katherine (Katie) Schmidt has been awarded The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers! The Lapham Fellowship is awarded after a national competition to only one person every two years. Congratulations, Katie! Katie is enthusiastic about this next stage of her career, […]

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ENVS graduate student reminds us to say, “No Thanks, Single-Use Plastics”

VCU Environmental Studies graduate student Heather King published an article on Virginia Public Media to remind us that This Earth Day Say “No Thanks, Single-Use Plastics”!  Check out her article, art work and video.  […]

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CES students featured in new documentary, FROZEN OBSESSION

The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will kick off the 11th annual festival with the world premiere of the feature-length film, FROZEN OBSESSION, on February 12 followed by a panel discussion with expedition members from Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies. Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today’s […]

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Graduation 2020!!!

Please join me in congratulating the Summer & Fall Graduates from the Center for Environmental Studies.  Throughout it all, they persisted!  Below is a link to the entire online ceremony, please share it widely.   […]

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Freshwater Fridays keeps learning REAL

Last spring CES faculty Dan McGarvey, James Vonesh, and adjunct instructor & Chesapeake Bay Foundation Staff Scientist Joe Wood envisioned a new collaborative course block focused on freshwater science and policy dubbed “Freshwater Fridays“. Freshwater Fridays includes 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT, co-led by Vonesh and Lynn Crump, […]

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