The interdisciplinary undergraduate program launches Fall 2024

University of Puget Sound announced today that it is creating a new academic department to house its environmental programs starting in Fall 2024. The Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences will allow students to explore the evolving issues of environmental studies through an interdisciplinary approach combining natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Environmental Studies & Sciences will offer four academic options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy & Decision Making,
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Arts & Humanities,
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth & Environmental Science, and
  • Minor in Environmental Policy & Decision Making.

“Human action has disrupted Earth’s climate and ecosystems. We have become a planetary force. Responsible action at that scale requires not just new scientific knowledge, but a transformation in how we live with one another and how we think about our place on Earth,” said Provost Drew Kerkhoff. “By providing environmental coursework that spans a wide range of human perspectives, Puget Sound’s new ESS program will prepare our students to meet these profound challenges and help build a more equitable and sustainable world.”