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Environmental Studies Program

Environmentalism and Social Justice
Students in ENST 232: Environmental Justice explore the intersections between social justice and environmental issues READ MOREabout environmentalism and social justice
Students Advocate for Funding
Kayleigh Bhangdia ’16, worked with the Madison County, via Colgate’s Upstate Institute, identifying where drinking wells may be contaminated.  READ MOREabout students advocating for funding
Environmental Studies Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our environmental studies faculty.
Research in Environmental Studies
Students regularly partner with our experienced faculty members to conduct high-level research.  READ MORE about research in environmental studies
Local Deer Study
Student researchers met with community members recently to discuss the overpopulation of white-tailed deer impacting the local village and town. READ MORE about the local deer study
Academic Program in ENST
Our academic offerings will challenge and engage your knowledge, assumptions, skills, and curiosity.  READ MORE Academic Program in ENST
It is becoming increasingly clear that the environment, and our combined impact on it, warrants our study, care, and attention. Join us as we look at these issues from a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective.

About Environmental Studies

Our environmental studies program is designed to enhance your awareness of the complexity of regional and global environmental issues and to underscore the consequences and impacts of the human experience on the environment. If you participate in the program, you will learn to think, speak, and write clearly and articulately about environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.

The program is interdisciplinary, and our passionate faculty are drawn from a number of departments. As a result, you get the benefit of instruction from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, as well as the ability to conduct research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Studying in the Environmental Studies Program

The program administers five majors:
All five majors include a common core of courses that ensures an interdisciplinary experience. At the same time, you will achieve depth in analytical ability by taking a specified suite of courses, usually in a particular discipline, chosen in consultation with your adviser.

If you are considering any of the five majors we urge you to consult with a member of the advisory committee during your first year.

You may also pursue a minor in environmental studies.

Success after Colgate

Alumni who majored in the environmental studies program are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors!

Program Contacts

DirectorIan Helfant
Administrative assistant: Tracy Piatti (
Office: 216 Ho Science Center
Phone: 315-228-7534
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7942

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