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The Certificate Program in Environmental Studies (ENV Certificate) is designed for Princeton undergraduates who are interested in the scientific, political, humanistic, and/or technological dimensions of environmental problems and who wish to demonstrate proficiency in Environmental Studies. Students from all academic disciplines are eligible  to participate.

Students may elect to pursue a course of study following one of two tracks: the Generalist Track for students looking for a broad-based introduction to environmental topics or the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Track for students wishing to delve more deeply into the science and technical dimensions of environmental topics.


To receive the ENV Certificate, students are required to complete five courses, investigate an environmental topic as a dimension of their senior thesis, and participate in the ENV Senior Colloquium. All courses to fulfill ENV Certificate Program requirements must be taken on a fully graded basis (i.e., no pass/fail) and graded as C or higher. Program requirements and course offerings are published in the Princeton Undergraduate Announcement annually.

ENV students also participate in PEI’s annual Discovery Day poster show. PEI maintains an archive of ENV Student Thesis Titles.

Students who complete the requirements receive a Certificate in Environmental Studies at graduation.

Princeton undergraduates wishing to pursue a Certificate in Environmental Studies should complete the ENV Certificate Enrollment Form. Once submitted, you will be contacted by e-mail to schedule an appointment with the ENV Program Director or the Undergraduate/Graduate Program Manager to discuss your program of study.