Undergraduate Programs

The Program on the Environment (PoE) offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Environmental Studies. The Environmental Studies program has been at the leading edge of interdisciplinary learning at the UW since PoE first offered the major in 1998. The Environmental Studies curriculum integrates the broad range of social and natural science 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-based environmental education that offers excellent training and preparation for a wide variety of careers or postgraduate studies.

Use the following links to explore the undergraduate program at the University of Washington Program on the Environment.


Frequently asked questions about the Program on the Environment.


Adviser calendars, contact information, and directions for scheduling an advising appointment.


Environmental Studies Major requirements, departmental honors requirements, and directions for how to declare the major.


Environmental Studies Minor requirements and directions for how to declare the minor.


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


Undergraduate program policies, scholarships, experiential learning opportunities, and resources to assist with career planning or graduate school.