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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New ENVS students take to the wilds!

The Center for Environmental Studies and the Outdoor Adventure Program hosted a backpacking trip in the Blue Ridge for first year and transfer Environmental Studies students this past weekend. The goal of the trip was to provide new students a chance to explore natural areas, meet each other, and participate in programming focused on leadership […]

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Recruiting for River Studies & Leadership Certificate Program

We are now recruiting for the VCU – River Management Society “River Studies and Leadership Certificate“! This program can be pursued as either an undergraduate or graduate student. If what you read below is of interest, get on our interest/mailing list, or reach out to the VCU RSLC coordinator – Prof. James Vonesh – jrvonesh@vcu.ed Why […]

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Fall Semester 2021

Welcome back everyone!  I hope that this past summer has allowed you to pursue your passions and get recharged for this new academic year.  To all incoming first-year students as well as transfer students, “Welcome to CES!”  For those of us who have been here a while, it is wonderful to see you again. This […]

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Into the wild – outdoor adventure to welcome incoming students

Center for Environmental Studies has partnered with the Rec Sports’ Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) to a offer a 2-d wilderness backpacking trip to all interested incoming CES first year and transfer students. This optional, peer-led, adventure-based experience is designed to help prepare students for life at VCU while building friendships with those who share similar […]

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How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education

An article by Brian McNeill at VCU News about experiential education in freshwater studies in CES was just posted today. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $497,000 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies faculty member James Vonesh who will lead a collaborative network of more than 100 professors across 35 states […]

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New Outdoor Leadership Certificate!

This fall the VCU Center for Environmental Studies will launch a brand new SHEV-approved undergraduate Outdoor Leadership Certificate open to all majors. The certificate is the natural outgrowth of eight years of successful collaborative programming with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program. The new certificate is featured in this week’s VCU news.  More information can be found […]

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