The Environmental Studies Major and Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

In recent decades, issues related to the environment have emerged as key concerns at local, national, and international levels. 

The Environmental Studies major and interdisciplinary minor are designed to give students broad exposure to a range of environmental issues and to provide multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the complexity of factors that affect the environment and our understanding of it.

We are a broad department that includes Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, and Environment Humanities in our curriculum. Our majors and minors are able to choose one of those tracks to focus on, and we offer courses in a number of different fields including anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, ecology, economics, English, geology and earth sciences, history, political science, and social justice. We are very proud of the interdisciplinary experience we offer our students.

As you plan your courses for the Environmental Studies major, you may find our Major Worksheet (PDF) helpful.

Courses You Might Take

ENV 120

Intro to Environmental Geology


A study of basic geologic principles and critical issues in environmental geology on a global scale. Topics to be covered can include: minerals, rock types and cycles, earthquakes and tectonics, volcanoes, mass wasting, stream systems, coastlines, soils, water…

ENV 275

Urban Ecology


The world is becoming more and more urban, with over 80% of the US population and half of the world's population living in cities. This trend (and the environmental problems it creates) will only increase throughout the 21st…

ENV 401

Environmental Studies Seminar


This senior seminar encourages students from all three tracks within the major to collaborate in order to better understand an issue. The issue examined will vary through time and is up to the instructor. 

Satisfies Environmental Studies major…