Integrated Learning Major in Environment, Sustainability, and Policy
123 Eggers Hall
Jane Read, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment
Phil Arnold, Associate Professor of Religion
Tripti Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Carmen Carrión-Flores, Research Assistant Professor of Economics
Melissa Chipman, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ethan Coffel, Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment
Doug Frank, Professor of Biology
Jay Golden, Pontarelli Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Finance
Greg Hoke, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
Sarah Pralle, Associate Professor of Political Science
Chie Sakakibara, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment
Chris Scholz, Professor of Earth Sciences
Pete Wilcoxen, Professor of Public Affairs and International Affairs
Bob Wilson, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment
This Integrated Learning Major (ILM) in Environment, Sustainability, and Policy is designed to introduce students to and ground them in the interdisciplinary study of environmental science, sustainability, and policy necessary to understand the nature of our changing planet, contribute solutions to advance sustainability, and become more engaged global citizens.
As a growing human population seeks to meet its needs, competing demands on the environment threaten the planet’s systems for supporting and sustaining life. Rising to the challenge of planetary stewardship requires the integration of multiple scientific disciplines exploring the planet’s vital functions and an understanding of how the complexities of human societies across places and time periods shape views of and approaches to protecting or exploiting the planet’s resources and pursuing sustainability. The ILM’s foundation is built on two pillars integral to finding solutions to environmental problems and sustainability: (1) the science of the planet’s interacting natural systems (environmental sciences) and (2) the examination of human perceptions, institutions, and policies toward the environment from the social sciences and humanities (environmental studies). This major’s integration across traditionally isolated lenses of natural and human sciences provides a unique perspective toward understanding, examining, and addressing the environment and sustainability.
This ILM may be combined with any other undergraduate major with approval by the program director. While certain majors typically serve as the base major for this ILM, students are encouraged to meet with the program director to determine their best choice of a base major. Dually enrolled students must have a base major within Arts and Sciences|Maxwell.
Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.
*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.
Degree awarded: BA or BS, depending on base major.
Upper-division credits required: 18
Total credits required: 27