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Cornell University's Environment & Sustainability (E&S) major is guided by a single principle: understanding and resolving environmental problems requires an interdisciplinary approach.  This cross-college major is available in both the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. The E&S major provides environmental science and environmental studies curricula under one umbrella in two Cornell colleges.

The E&S major offers students breadth and depth in a wide range of courses pertaining to the environment and sustainability.  All students complete a set of foundation courses (Core Curriculum), after which students tailor their upper-division courses by selecting one of six concentrations.  Enough flexibility remains for students to study abroad or pursue other opportunities offered by Cornell.

Prospective students should explore the E&S learning objectives, curriculum requirements, and career paths pursued by recent graduates. Current students can use this site to explore study abroad and internship opportunities. Also, use Scheduler (course planner) at right to map out the timing of your courses and study abroad, or explore course options for each E&S concentration. 

Environment & Sustainability News

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Podcast explores love of place

Nov 7, 2018

“Topophilia,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, examines what motivates people to care for Earth’s creatures and its places.

New online tool shows climate change in your backyard

Oct 24, 2018

Climate change hits home. A warming world affects the Northeast region, and to demonstrate, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new online tool: Climate Change in Your County.

Cornell faculty receive $1.4 million to study organic farming

Oct 17, 2018

Three projects aimed at bolstering the success of organic farmers and those pursuing a transition to organic production are receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture.