Environmental & Sustainability Studies
The World Is
Our Laboratory Our students address sustainability and environmental issues such as pollution in every corner of the globe. »
World-Round Research ESS faculty members study critical issues like sustainability and environmental philosophy and politics. »
SAVING THE EARTH
USING TECHNOLOGY Undergrads study the place where people and the environment meet, using technology to reduce our impact on nature. »
NOT JUST A CAREER,
A CALLING Our graduates work in government, industry, and academia to save the world by improving its environment. »
No Compromise on Environmental Integrity
If you’re concerned about the consequences of human production and consumption on environmental sustainability, you’re not alone. The effects include pollution, impact on biological diversity, climate change, and sustainability issues. At WPI, you can follow your passion for the planet locally, nationally, and globally and engage in community issues while promoting civic responsibility – all while earning your bachelor of arts degree.
WPI’s project-enriched Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ESS) program, which in addition to its world-class technological education, provides an outstanding, hands-on, liberal arts education in key aspects of human dimensions of environmental change. An innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, you will gain breadth and depth of knowledge across core disciplines such as biology, chemistry, philosophy, history, and environmental law and policy. Working alongside faculty who are equally passionate about the environment, you’ll gain practical experience, engaging in cutting-edge research in areas such as sustainability studies, environmental justice, environmental sciences, and environmental politics.
A bachelor of arts in ESS will prepare you for graduate school or an exciting, meaningful career. You not only have the competency in technological and scientific skills needed to comprehend complicated environmental issues, but a mastery of methods of inquiry, as well as the relevant sociopolitical understanding to work toward responsible solutions.