Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies (ES) Program offers a highly interdisciplinary major and minor that explore the interactions between human societies and the environments in which we exist.  Major & MinorCourses

Giving Day 2024 is Here!

Environmental Studies students on a boat in the bay

Experiential Learning

The Environmental Studies Program requires that all majors participate in an experiential learning opportunity before graduating. The most standard ways to satisfy this requirement are to conduct supervised, independent research on an environmental topic with UR faculty (ENVR320, ENVR406, or an approved equivalent course from another department), or participate in an approved environmental internship off-campus and complete ENVR388 during the fall semester.

Global Environment Speaker Series

Global Environmental Speaker Series

Each year the Department of Geography, Environment, & Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Program, and Global Studies Program partner to bring noteworthy speakers and scholars to Richmond to present lectures related to our global environment. All events are free and open to the public.

Dual Degree Program & Partners

For goal-oriented students who are dedicated to earning at least a master's degree in environmental studies or forestry, the University of Richmond offers dual degree programs with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. For the Dual Degree program, students complete three years at Richmond and then two years at Duke; at the end of their fourth year, they receive their undergraduate degree from Richmond and at the end of their fifth year, they receive their master's degree from Duke.

We have cooperative agreements with Duke University’s Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina, and the Marine Biological Laboratory Semester in Environmental Science (MBL SES) program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Additional opportunities for off-campus research include the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which connects students with environmental research projects in the natural and social sciences.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Carrie Wu
Wu Published

Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, published "Effects of Experimental Warming on Floral Scent, Display, and Rewards in Two Subalpine Herbs" in the journal Annals of Botany.    

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Dr. Carrie Wu
Wu Receives USDA Grant

Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, has received a $258,715 grant from the USDA Department of Forestry to support collaborative research into the early detection and rapid response of invasive species in forest ecosystems.

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Dr. Elizabeth Outka
Outka Receives SCHEV Award

Elizabeth Outka, professor of English and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities, has been named an Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Learn more.

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Dr. Carrie Wu
Wu and Undergraduate Published

Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, and Dominique Pham, '22, published "Seed Longevity and Germination of the Emerging Invasive Species Wavyleaf Basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius) Under Varied Light Regimes" in Invasive Plant Science and Management.   

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Environmental Studies Program
Carole Weinstein International Center, Room 307
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 484-1473
Fax: (804) 484-1577

Program Coordinator: Carrie Wu
Academic Administrative Specialist: Nancy Propst