Overview of the Major

If you are interested in making a difference in the natural environment in one of the top research institutions in the country and are excited about solving real-world environmental issues with scientific knowledge and hands-on experience, then the Environmental Sciences Major at UW-Madison is the place for you! Environmental Sciences is a rigorous, science-based interdisciplinary major offered in both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Letters & Science (L&S). The Environmental Sciences major promotes critical thinking and emphasizes environmental problem solving in service to society.

The objectives of this major are:

  • to provide a broad-based education in the natural sciences, building on fundamentals in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology;
  • to provide a disciplinary focus in an specific area of study within the Environmental sciences that compliments the suite of fundamental science that underpins the major;
  • to create an interdisciplinary understanding of concepts and issues in environmental sciences from the perspectives of multiple contributing disciplines;
  • to complement this subject matter with environmentally-oriented coursework in the social sciences and the arts and humanities;
  • to offer students a culminating experience through a capstone course, an apprenticeship or internship experience with an environmental organization or business, a senior thesis, or completion of an undergraduate research project, e.g., the Honors in Research program, centered on an environmental science.
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