Environmental Studies and Sustainability.


Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Drew University offers nationally recognized, cross-disciplinary programs of study in the environmental sciences and in environmental studies and sustainability. Our curriculum integrates the sciences with the social sciences, humanities, and the arts, and exemplifies Drew University’s academic and community identity.

Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, our program offers both a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, which are unique in their emphasis on our local ecology, cultures, and collaborative practices. The BS in Environmental Science provides students a solid grounding in environmental science, as students take courses across science disciplines with a focus on environmental problems. The BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability provides students with an understanding of environmental issues from a range of perspectives across disciplines.

Internships and research experiences prepare graduates for careers in environmental advocacy, education, consulting and science.

It really started me thinking about what kind of work I would like to do and what change I would like to see come out of it. It made me realize how important the work really is. ”
Matt Boudreaux C’13
on Peak Oil and Climate Change

Highlights of Studying ESS at Drew:

Environmental Justice and the Common Good

Drew offers courses, events, and research opportunities relevant to today’s efforts to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens and to ensure all people have safe food, water to drink, and air to breathe.  Drew’s environmental justice projects include GIS mapping of air pollution sources and demographic patterns in New Jersey; toxic chemical analysis for EJ communities; and community impacts of mountaintop removal mining, studied during an alternative spring break to Kentucky.

Student Groups

Drew students are deeply engaged outside the classroom in a number of groups.


ESS majors are already getting to work and to grad school. Here is a sampling of where some of our recent graduates are up to:

• Research Assistant in Ecuador for Stony Brook University
• Sustainability Advocate at Clean Water Action
• Science Teacher, Teach for America