The BA of Environmental & Sustainability Studies program at WPI gives you the intensive technological and social training to prepare you to solve the complex environmental problems of our time — particularly the consequences of human-induced changes to the environment.

With hands-on project work and course work fully embedded in the science, technology, and innovation so prevalent in WPI’s culture, you’ll work with engineers, scientists, and social scientists to understand the impact and relevance of making changes in such an intricate system.

While working closely with faculty, peers, and community members, you’ll learn to communicate technical information fluently, and also have the know-how to implement scientifically accurate and culturally sensitive change.

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Curriculum

Environmental & Sustainability Studies is interdisciplinary, with course work spanning biology, chemistry, environmental engineering, philosophy, history, and environmental law and policy. Our students are passionate about the global health of people and the environment, so they get involved in projects that have lasting, positive impact on local and international communities.

You’ll work closely with engaged faculty who encourage you to be out in the world. Topics are explored in transformative project-based work where you’ll learn how to identify and solve pressing problems like water sanitation, effective planning, and managing biodiversity in communities. 

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

WPI’s strong curriculum is based on the core concept of project-based learning. For decades, WPI students have worked side-by-side with faculty researching solutions to real-world problems.

Students in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program advocate for a better quality of life with a healthier planet and within sensitive social contexts.

The Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Some ways WPI students are working for change:

  • Assessing the sustainability of Europe’s greenest city — Freiburg, Germany
  • Examining the Transition Town Movement — sustainable development’s newest trend
  • Assessing renewable technology in America’s cities with the ReEmpowering America Act
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

WPI students are involved, connected, and enthusiastic about what they do. They take advantage of all that is offered — from scientific teams to improv theatre —to get the whole WPI education. Thriving green clubs on campus include Engineers Without Borders, the Green Team, and Students for a Just and Stable Future.

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After Graduation