Undergraduate Environmental Courses
The Program in Environmental Studies (ENV) offers undergraduate and graduate level courses that explore environmental issues through the lenses of the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
Catering to students from diverse academic backgrounds, the program offers engaging, interdisciplinary learning opportunities on complex multi-faceted environmental issues. Topical areas include climate change, the interplay of energy and food security, policy and technology, environmental conservation, preservation and mitigation, environmental justice, communication, and global health, development, and sustainability.
Princeton undergraduates can begin to pursue their academic interests in environmental studies starting their freshman year on campus. The program offers three introductory survey courses (ENV 201, ENV 202, and ENV 302) that present the fundamentals of environmental studies; any of these three courses may serve towards the completion of the ENV Certificate.
When taken with the lab option, ENV 201B and ENV 202B satisfy the undergraduate Science and Technology with lab (STL) distribution requirement. The lab component incorporates inquiry-based field study with lab exercises as a complement to course lecture material. Each year, multiple Freshman Seminar courses feature environmental themes.
Environmental Studies Approved Course Offerings
To assist students in course selection, the Environmental Studies Program publishes a list of approved course offerings for the Certificate Program each semester. The list also identifies cognate courses offered by other departments that may contribute to fulfilling requirements for the ENV Certificate Program.
Students with specific interests in climate and energy, sustainable development, and infectious diseases and global health may find Grand Challenges topics course compilations useful in charting their academic course of study.