The Environmental Studies Program strongly encourages its students to participate in experiential elective courses, internships, study abroad programs, or any other academic opportunities which enhance their environmental education. The environmental studies curriculum has a number of special courses which allow undergraduates to conduct independent research projects (ENVS 199), work as a research assistant for one of its faculty members (ENVS 199RA), pursue a senior thesis on a topic of their choice (ENVS 197). The Environmental Studies' own Internship Program permits students to receive hands-on experience through an academic internship (ENVS 192) with local, state, national and international agencies.
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This is the most outstanding faculty in the nation. The breadth and depth of an ES education produces men and women that are ready to lead the day they graduate.
— Janice Jagelski
Class of 1987
Additionally, through the outside concentration requirement, environmental studies students may earn academic credit towards their major requirements while conducting field research in the outdoors with faculty from all over the globe. These opportunities are available through a number of field studies programs at accredited institutions.
Furthermore, the flexibility of the environmental studies curriculum permits students the opportunity to pursue study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program. Past environmental studies majors have studied up to one full year at universities located in countries such as New Zealand, Ecuador, England, Scandinavia, and the popular Semester at Sea program. Depending on the coursework taken, academic credit may be petitioned to substitute for a large number of units in the environmental studies or hydrologic sciences majors.
Over two-thirds of all environmental studies majors complete at least one internship, field studies or study abroad program before graduating. Additional information about these and other affiliated experiential education programs is available on this website or from the Environmental Studies Academic or Peer Advisor.