Environmental Studies

[slideshow:  Spring 2013 ES 300 fieldtrip]

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major for the student who wants broad training in environmental themes. Environmental Studies majors select a primary disciplinary focus in biology, chemistry, economics, history, or political science.

Majors take the junior qualifying exam in their home department, as well as a research proposal-based junior qualifying exam evaluated by the Environmental Studies Committee. 

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Environmental Studies Announcements

  • The Environmental Studies program is sponsoring a presentaiton by Trip Van Noppen (President, Earthjustice), titled “Citizen Environmental Enforcement and the Future of the Pacific Northwest” on April 23, at 7 p.m. in Vollum lecture hall.  In this lecture, Van Noppen will describe the unique American system of citizen environmental enforcement through the use of public interest litigation and will address the pressing threats to citizens’ ability to use the courts. He will focus on both historic and current examples that shape life in the Pacific Northwest, including old growth forest protection, salmon restoration in the Columbia and Snake River system, plans to export coal and crude oil, and climate change.

  • MESSE summer 2014 fellowships have been awarded: Mia Reback received a MESSE award to support her internship with Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Adriana Escobedo-Land received a MESSE award for her project titled “Identifying soil microbe composition for effective control of cyanobacteria in Oregon nurseries”. Rennie Meyers was awarded the new Paul Siegel ES Summer Research fellowship for her project titled “Economies, Ecologies, and Lifestyles in the Anthropocene: The Aesthetics of Sustainable Design in Bahamian Tourism”.  Information about past fellowship awardees and the aplication process is available here.

  • Sophomore/junior environmental enthusiast? Consider applying for a Udall Fellowship: a nationally competitive student award. Look here and here for more info. Reed reviews applications each January.