UNCG Photo By Chris English: 12/13/04  --  UNCG Professor Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell, left, and Jackie Metheny collect the echolocation detection equipment they used to record ultrasounds emitted by mice.  It was the first time anyone had attempted to record ultrasound from these nocturnal mouse species.

Environmental & Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary program that fosters understanding of the relationships between human societies and the natural physical and biological setting in which life on Earth exists.

The major (B.A.) and minor in Environmental Studies integrate perspectives of the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.  Students work with a diverse group of faculty from across campus to learn how to gather and integrate information about environmental problems from multiple disciplines, to think critically about the causes of environmental problems, to propose effective solutions and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and to communicate their ideas clearly. Graduates will be well prepared for roles as educated citizens who are especially well informed about the environment and for careers that require a broad range of knowledge about environmental issues. Students are eligible for internships and study abroad. The Program also offers a minor in Sustainability Studies, which builds on the unique definition of sustainability at UNCG, where “Academics, operations, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.”