Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary academic field focusing on solving some of the most complicated and challenging environmental problems and issues.  Curricula in this field combine 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

The Center for Environmental Studies is a VCU Charter Center dedicated to geospatial and environmental research, education, and service. As a chartered center, our mission is to conduct research, perform services, and produce practitioners of evidence-based science as it relates to the interaction of life, earth, and policy sciences. As an academic unit, we have designed our curriculum from the ground up to provide you with the combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences that makes 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

CES students win first place at GeoCon

Congratulations to Center for Environmental Studies undergraduates Sky Kincaid and Dylan Stephens for winning First Place in the 2022 Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) GeoCon Student Web App category for their Story Map, entitled, From Redlines to Greenways. When asked about the experience, Sky stated,”It was a great project and a great […]

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News Release: Leesburg Resident Receives 2021 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award

Lexi Howard Receives 2021 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award

VCU Environmental Studies undergraduate has been awarded the 2021 John W. Tolbert Jr. Environmental Achievement Award. The Tolbert award recognizes those that conduct or participate in activities that benefit the environment of Leesburg, Virginia. Lexi launched a website, which provides a brief overview of pollinators, native plants, and how others can get involved. It is her […]

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Gerron Scott

Welcome & Congratulations to Gerron Scott!

Congratulations & welcome to Gerron Scott, our new ENVS Senior Advisor in Environmental Studies! New Award! The National Academic Advising Association Mid-Atlantic (NACADA) Region 2 just announced that Gerron has been selected for the Region 2 Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role Award! He will be recognized at the upcoming NACADA Region 2 Conference! […]

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Welcome Back! Spring Semester 2022

Welcome back to classes! Spring 2022 is upon us and classes are (mostly) back. We are all very excited about the opportunities we’ve been cultivating and cannot wait to share them with you. Be sure to read over your syllabi and take a look at the student safety guidelines. […]

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Gerron Scott

Welcome Gerron Scott

It is with great pleasure that the Center for Environmental Studies welcomes Mr. Gerron Scott as the Senior Academic Advisor in the Center for Environmental Studies. Mr. Scott has his Bachelors of Science in Biology, a Master of Education in Counseling (both from the University of West Georgia), and is currently working on his Ph.D. […]

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Fall Semester Commencement

It is that time of the year again when we gather and celebrate the accomplishments of those students who have fulfilled the requirements for a degree from the Center for Environmental Studies.  This semester we have two individuals receiving their Masters degrees, 22 receiving a Baccalaureate degree, and two individuals who have completed the Certificate […]

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