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

Freshwater Fridays

Freshwater Fridays!!!!

This fall VCU ENVS is offering a unique 9-credit block in freshwater studies that meets all day on Fridays. The block consists of 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT (with Dr. James Vonesh, VCU), STEAM SURVEY METHODS (with Dr. Dan McGarvey, VCU), and VIRGINIA WATER QUALITY ISSUES & CAREERS […]

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ENVS Online Curriculum Resources

In response to the current situation, we have posted a set of resources for students, staff, and faculty to help in transitioning to online learning. https://ces.vcu.edu/online-teaching/ This is a process, and this page will be updated as necessary when we have more information. […]

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Local students visit State Capitol as part of STEM grant

BEST in Bay Watersheds promotes learning outdoors and in the classroom Student teams and teachers from four local school districts visited the Virginia State Capitol earlier this month to share with legislative representatives their progress with field investigations into local watershed ecosystems along the James River, as well as plans for future stewardship civic action projects. […]

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Anna Mika at the ESRI Conference

ENVS Graduate Student Presents at ESRI GIS Conference in DC.

Environmental Studies graduate student, Ms. Anna Mika, was selected to provide a presentation on how she uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies and tools throughout her graduate career. […]

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Environmental Film Festival Screening of “Sustainable”

With faculty working with the iCubed Sustainable Food Access Core, the Center for Environmental Studies hosted a screening of the film “Sustainable” documenting the seventh-generation farmer Marty Travis from Central Illinois. […]

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Report from the field: A new wilderness practice and policy study abroad course in Patagonia

“…the reward of this venture, if there was one, would reside in the doing of the thing itself.” – Kevin Fedarko Starting in Coyhaique, we traveled south in a clockwise loop – first to the snow-tipped mountains of  Cerro Castillo, to lake-guarded Chile Chico, then to guanaco-inhabited Jeinemeni and Chacabuco, to the marble caves of […]

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