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Certificate Program in Environmental Studies

Educating a New Generation of Environmental Leaders

The Certificate Program in Environmental Studies (ENV) is designed for Princeton undergraduates who have an interest in the scientific, political, humanistic, and/or technological dimensions of environmental problems.

Since 1993, the Certificate Program has been central to educating a new generation of environmental leaders at Princeton. More than 700 undergraduates have graduated with an Environmental Studies Certificate and have gone on to pursue careers or graduate-level education with an environmental focus. Since 2000, the program has grown by more than 19 percent annually, and currently serves students from humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

Program of Study

Students majoring in any discipline may choose to pursue one of two tracks of study.

Students in the Generalist Track select from a variety of environmental courses that include topics in climate change; energy security; policy; technology; environmental science; conservation; ecology; art; literature; economics; engineering; ethics; history; mitigation; global health; development; and sustainability among areas.

Starting in October 2017, students interested in a more in-depth exploration of environmental science will enroll in the Environmental Science and Engineering Track. This track replaces the four science specialist tracks that were previously offered.

Students can elect to stay in one of the specialist tracks below if they are already registered for the certificate, or they can switch to either the Generalist Track or the new Environmental Science and Engineering Track. Students should contact Undergraduate Administrator Angela Petsis to review their courses.

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Climate and Energy
  • Earth Systems
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environment and Water

Undergraduates pursuing the ENV Certificate are required to participate in the Senior Colloquium in their final year of academic study to share the research and results of their senior theses with Princeton faculty and other students enrolled in the program.

Senior thesis funding is available to students who elect to engage in field research as a component of their independent work. Funding for domestic and international internships with an environmental focus also are available for students in the summer following their freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Enrolling in the Program

The Program in Environmental Studies is open to all A.B. and B.S.E. students. Students interested in the certificate program are encouraged to complete the ENV Program Enrollment Form as early as their freshman year, and meet with the ENV Program Director or Undergraduate Administrator to discuss their course of study in greater detail.

Noam Altman-Kurosaki

— Noam Altman-Kurosaki, 2016
EEB

 

Michelangelo Ball Van Zee

— Michelangelo Ball Van Zee, 2015
EEB

 

Ben Barron

— Ben Barron, 2013
​Comparative Literature Major