Discovering how human societies affect the natural world and how the environment, in turn, affects our quality of life, is one of the most important learning experiences any student can have. At Redlands, however, understanding these relationships is not enough. Students in Environmental Studies learn how to preserve and repair these relationships in order to build a more sustainable society.
Environmental Studies is a field that spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines, connecting the study of complex environmental systems with even more complex human social systems. Students at Redlands are encouraged to examine the relationship between humans and the natural environment from a variety of perspectives, drawn from the natural and earth sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. All environmental majors engage in a common core curriculum that includes study of living systems, earth science, and environment-society relations. Students then have the opportunity to take advanced and topical courses in each of these areas, as well as May Term travel courses and courses in geographic information systems (GIS), research methods, and environmental ethics, literature, planning, and policy.
Environmental Studies at Redlands is highly distinctive in four major ways:
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Wendy McIntyre, Professor
Environmental Studies Chair