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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

ENVS grad makes watersheds REAL for area students

VCU Environmental Studies graduate student and VDGIF Aquatic Education Coordinator Alex McCrickard making watershed education REAL for area students. […]

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Environmental Studies Data Portal

After 3 years of effort, we are now live on the ENVS data portal supporting student, faculty, and class data needs. You can find a link to it up in the Research bar or here. […]

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Report from the field: NSF River Field Studies Network workshop #1 – Camp Lotus, California

By Dr. James Vonesh Excited to be back from our first NSF RIVER Field Studies Network workshop @ Camp Lotus on the American River in California. The vision of this network is to transform undergraduate STEM education through immersive, interdisciplinary river and watershed programs. This kick-starter involved the steering committee of faculty from 7 universities […]

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Joey Parent

VCU OAP Assistant Director and ENVS Instructor appointed to Board of Directors of national outdoor society.

Congratulations to Joey Parent, Assistant Director of VCU Outdoor Adventure Programs and instructor of ENVS 260 Outdoor Leadership, on his appointment to the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Board of Directors. AORE is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. Through AORE, members have a […]

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Male prothonotary warbler in Salamanca National Park, Colombia. Photograph taken by Nick Bayly

Research Paper

Habitat‐dependent occupancy and movement in a migrant songbird highlights the importance of mangroves and forested lagoons in Panama and Colombia. […]

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Warblers on Working Lands: Restoring Shrublands for Wildlife

VCU CES professor Lesley Bulluck and collaborator Sergio Harding from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) posted an article this week on the DGIF website describing their efforts to engage local communities and private landowners in land management practices that help conserve the Golden-winged Warbler, a species which is declining rapidly across […]

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