Linked-Major Program: The linked major program in environmental studies (ENVS) is the second major to a primary major.  Students cannot obtain the BA degree with ENVS as their only major.  Students must complete all the requirements for graduation from their primary major in addition to those of ENVS as their second major.  Each student will work closely with an ENVS advisor to develop an individual course of study. ENVS requires an introductory course, seven elective courses, a senior colloquium, and a senior capstone project (thesis, essay, performance, etc.) on an environmental topic that is researched, mentored, and credited in the primary major program.  In addition, students must take one course in any subject that fulfills the writing essential capability.

Certificate Program: The ENVS Certificate Program enables students to explore the Wesleyan curriculum and achieve a first-level understanding of environmental issues by taking an introductory course and six electives, including at least one upper level course.  This formula provides students with some breadth and a modest immersion within one area to complement their studies in their chosen major.  The Certificate is the eqivalent of a minor offered by many other universities.

Sample Courses:  Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems; The Economics of Sustainable Development, Vulnerability and Resilience; Housing and Public Policy; Hydrology; Environmental Politics and Democratization

Number of Professors: 29



Environmental Studies Building
Title: Faculty Spotlight
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Barry Chernoff

Professor of Biology, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, Director, College of the Environment, Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Chair, Environmental Studies Program

Research interests: Conservation of aquatic ecosystems in Latin America; the evolutionary biology and ecology of South American freshwater fishes; aquatic invertebrate ecology and community structure; heavy metals of fishes in Connecticut rivers.