Welcome!

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.

Giraffe head on study abroad course
Study Abroad Opportunities
Panama student
Accelerated Programs
Hero drone with remote sensing cameras and gps unit
Geospatial Data Analysis
stack of papers
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

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Virtual Event.  Come meet the faculty and staff in the Center for Environmental Studies on Monday 10 August at 2pm. Register here using your VCU Google email. […]

Read More…

Vonesh receives River Management Society’s outstanding contribution award

By Brian McNeill Tuesday, June 16, 2020 The River Management Society has named Virginia Commonwealth University professor James Vonesh, Ph.D., the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to the River Management Society Award. The award recognizes contributions at the national or regional level to the nonprofit organization that supports professionals who study, protect and manage North America’s rivers. Vonesh, […]

Read More…

Lindsay Freeman wins VCU Advising Award!

Getting good information to make important career decisions is especially critical in these challenging times. That is why we are particularly proud to announce that Center for Environmental Studies Undergraduate Academic Advisor Lindsay Freeman was just awarded the 2019 -2020 VCU  “Excellence in Advising” award. The competition was stiff with over 150 advisors across VCU […]

Read More…

Over 40 faculty and students participated in an online Zoom symposium the afternoon of May 12.  The Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals symposium was created to support students that planned to share their research at the River Management Training Symposium originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed to the following year due to COVID-19. Eight […]

Read More…

Lindsay Freeman ENVS advisor wins REAL Challenge Award

Lindsay Freeman wins “Make it REAL” Challenge Grant

Environmental Studies Undergraduate Academic Advisor Lindsay Freeman was recently awarded one of the VCU Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL) 2019-2020 inaugural Challenge Grants. This inaugural competition was fierce! The Challenge Grant committee received requests for over $380,000 for the available $25,000 and only 13% of projects receiving funding.  Congratulations, Lindsay! The Center for Environmental […]

Read More…

2019 RMS Symposium Student Poster Session, Vancouver, WA

Student River Research Symposium

While the 2020 River Management Training Symposium has been rescheduled for May 2021, to support the students that planned to share their research at this event we have created the Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals  – Online Student Research Symposium. This will take place as a ZOOM webinar Tuesday, 12 May,  1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. […]

Read More…