About the Program on the Environment

The Program on the Environment (PoE) offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Environmental Studies, a Minor in Environmental Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management. The Environmental Studies program has been at the leading edge of interdisciplinary learning and teaching at the UW since PoE first offered the major in 1998. The curriculum integrates the broad range of social science, natural science, and humanities disciplines which influence the field of environmental studies. Students take an active role in their academic planning by selecting environmentally-related courses from over 20 departments across the university. With an emphasis on bioregional, global, and field-based content, students learn in the field, in the lab, in the classroom, in the community, and around the world. The program provides a broad and balanced environmental education that offers excellent training and preparation for a wide variety of careers or postgraduate studies.

Click the links below to explore the University of Washington Program on the Environment.

Environmental Studies Major & Minor

Environmental Studies requirements and information about how to declare the major or minor.


Course offering schedules, tables of courses for the ‘perspectives and experiences’ requirement, the capstone course series, and the sustainability studio course.


Links and resources for Environmental Studies majors to begin planning for a career or graduate school.


Learn about the Capstone course and internship experience and view past Capstone projects.