Environmental Studies


The Environmental Studies Program aims to provide students with the breadth of understanding and the skills necessary for resolving environmental questions and creating a sustainable future on scales ranging from local to global. It does so through integrated, problem-oriented study and a broad range of courses across disciplines and schools. The ES Program draws upon NYU’s strong faculty base in departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), such as Biology and Philosophy, the Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science (Courant/FAS), the Center on Environmental and Land Use Law (Law School), the M.A. Program in Bioethics: Life, Health and Environment (FAS), and the Environmental Conservation Education Program (Steinhardt School), as well as in the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Stern School of  Business, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and the School of Medicine, reflecting the wide-ranging expertise and concerns of the ES Program. Learn more about the faculty teaching in Environmental Studies.

The ES Program offers opportunities to develop interests in a number of areas, including environmental science; environmental values, policy, and law; earth system science; public health; urban environmental problems; climate change; energy systems; environmental monitoring; environmental justice; and our complex relations with both domesticated and wild nature.  


Starting in fall 2007, the ES Program will offer a major (pending approval by the State Education Department) and minor in Environmental Studies. The major includes four core courses:

Students can choose one of two tracks:

  1. Environmental Values and Society (or)
  2. Environmental Science.

They are required to take three courses in their chosen track, as well as one course in the alternate track.

Students in the major must also fulfill the requirements of an approved minor or major in another subject related to their chosen ES track and anticipated career goals. An honors program for qualified students culminates in an honors capstone seminar.

For a list of ES courses offered in the Fall 2007 semester, please visit http://cas.nyu.edu/object/environment.fall.

For advising questions, please contact environmental dot studies at nyu dot edu or visit the FAQs at http://cas.nyu.edu/object/environment.faq.


Many students majoring in Environmental Studies will go on to graduate studies in environment-related fields, such as conservation biology and global climate change, to programs in environmental policy, economics, advocacy, planning, and law. Other students will work in nonprofit, public- and private-sector positions that require both specialized and interdisciplinary environmental knowledge.


Students seeking admission should apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, New York University, 22 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10011, or via the Web at www.nyu.edu/ugadmissions. The University sponsors and administers a wide variety of financial aid programs. Awards are based on the student’s record of academic achievement and test scores as well as on financial need.


On October 5, 2006 New York University Executive Vice President Michael C. Alfano presented a charge for the NYU community to become more "green." This challenge has resulted in the creation of the NYU Sustainability Task Force and subsequently the Green Action Plan. The mission of the Sustainability Task Force is:

  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of NYU's environmental sustainability efforts
  • Recommend a prioritized plan - Green Action Plan - to improve NYU's environmental footprint and save energy
  • Engage faculty, students and administrators in securing the successful implementation of the plan
  • And develop a method to award funds for research and demonstration programs in environmental sustainability.


For further information, please contact the
College Advising Center
Silver Center, Room 905
Visit the Program's website at: http://environment.as.nyu.edu 
Email the Program at: environmental dot studies dot advising at nyu dot edu