Through rigorous work in the classroom and lab, across the campus community, and within the community at large, Environmental Studies cultivates a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment as informed by the interdisciplinary study of natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We strive to contribute to an informed perspective on biological and physical processes, responsible policy and practice, imaginative thinking, and ethical reflection in both local and global communities.
Environmental Studies at St. Olaf offers both a major and a concentration. As an interdisciplinary department, its curriculum draws on faculty and courses from across the campus. The Department’s strengths arise from faculty and participants’ grounding in traditional disciplines, and an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between humans and the environment derived from course work and hands-on experiences.