Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary academic field focusing solving some of the most complicated and challenging environmental problems and issues.  Curricula in this field combines fundamental knowledge in Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Earth Sciences as a foundation within a hands-on applied quantitative and technical framework.

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Study Abroad Opportunities
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Accelerated Programs
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Geospatial Data Analysis
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Environmental Policy

At this point in our history, the application of environmental studies is a task with ever increasing importance.  Our curriculum is designed from the ground up to provide you a combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences making you competitive in the marketplace.  We believe that the learning experience is based upon solving real-world problems, integrating economic, political, biological, and ecological interactions in solutions that benefit human society.

Academic Advising

Undergraduate Programs

Academic advising for undergraduate programs, minors, certificates, and the M.Envs accelerated program are handled by Ms. Lindsay Freeman.  

Graduate Programs

Advising for the graduate programs in Environmental Studies are handled by Dr. Daniel McGarvey, Director of Graduate Programs in Environmental Studies.

News & Research

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How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education

An article by Brian McNeill at VCU News about experiential education in freshwater studies in CES was just posted today. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $497,000 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies faculty member James Vonesh who will lead a collaborative network of more than 100 professors across 35 states […]

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New Outdoor Leadership Certificate!

This fall the VCU Center for Environmental Studies will launch a brand new SHEV-approved undergraduate Outdoor Leadership Certificate open to all majors. The certificate is the natural outgrowth of eight years of successful collaborative programming with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program. The new certificate is featured in this week’s VCU news.  More information can be found […]

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Water scooped from Twitchell Lake in the western Adirondacks shows a tint from matter in surrounding wetlands — a sign of what researcher Paul Bukaveckas says is recovery from former acidity. “Notice that it is not murky, just stained,” he says. Photo courtesy of Paul Bukaveckas

Adirondack lakes turning browner … but in a good way

By Ry Rivard When Paul Bukaveckas was first studying the effects of acid rain on Adirondack lakes in the late 1980s, he came across some stunning sights. On Silver Lake, the namesake of the Silver Lake Wilderness in the southern Adirondacks, he remembers sitting in a boat and being able to see all the way to the […]

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International Workshop in Landscape Genetics

This week Dr. Rodney Dyer is teaching an International Workshop in Landscape Genetics. This week-long course develops quantitative data analytic skills using R in landscape and spatial ecology, population genetics,Geographic Information Systems, and stochastic modeling. This years participants include graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research faculty. […]

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Congratulations Graduates!

Today we celebrated the hard work and achievement of the VCU Environmental Studies class of 2021 and thanked all of those that supported these students on their path to success! In a  virtual ceremony that included more than 100 participants, we awarded 6 Masters and 39 Bachelors degrees to some of the most resilient, creative, […]

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Katherine Schmidt awarded prestigious Lapham Fellowship at American Rivers

Recent Master of Environmental Studies and River Studies and Leadership Certificate graduate Katherine (Katie) Schmidt has been awarded The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers! The Lapham Fellowship is awarded after a national competition to only one person every two years. Congratulations, Katie! Katie is enthusiastic about this next stage of her career, […]

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