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.
As an interdisciplinary department, Environmental Studies at St. Olaf offers both a major and a concentration. Its curriculum draws on a rich heritage and array of perspectives on the relationship between humans and the environment derived from course work and hands-on experiences. Many faculty and participants ground their work in traditional disciplines in addition to integrative activities.