Students in the field

The Environmental Sciences Program is open to all Northwestern undergraduates. The curriculum synthesizes courses in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Students who major in the Environmental Sciences Program will learn to:

  • Conceptualize environmental problems in a broad, interdisciplinary framework.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative critical thinking skills to environmental problems spanning local to global scales.
  • Combine methods, perspectives, and practices in the natural sciences and engineering with those in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Discriminate between different views to separate cause from effect, recognize overarching themes, and differentiate fact from opinion.
  • Synthesize information in a way that promotes positive changes in human activity and offers solutions to existing and emerging environmental problems.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of forms and formats.