Our Environmental Studies curriculum draws on environment-related courses across the university, offering students a thorough interdisciplinary education. In addition to many hands-on learning opportunities, we also emphasize community-engaged learning through guest speakers, field trips, and class projects that let students work with nonprofits and businesses to create and apply solutions.

Course Highlights

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ENVS 435 Environmental Justice
Instructor: Kari Norgaard

How and why are environmental problems experienced differently according to race, gender, and class? How do different communities experience and respond to environmental problems? What do we learn about the meaning of gender, race, and class by studying the patterns of exposure and creative resistance of different communities to environmental hazards? In other words, what does the study of environmental risks tell us about racism, classism, and sexism in our nations and world today? These are some of the questions we will take up in this course. 

Soil Plant Atmosphere Research Lab

ENVS 447 Soil Science
Instructor: Lucas Silva

This course will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the wonderful world of soils. Soils exert fundamental control on patterns and processes of plant distributions, nutrient and water cycling, and the productivity of both natural and managed ecosystems. Soils are also an important component of many current and historical environmental problems. It is also widely applicable to graduate and undergraduate students in Anthropology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, and Landscape Architecture, along with other majors on campus. 

Sustainable Agriculture with Galen Martin

ENVS 467 Sustainable Agriculture
Instructor: Galen Martin

The purpose of the class is for students to develop an informed critique of agricultural production. We will review traditional non-industrialized, modern industrialized, modern organic, and genetically modified crops-based systems through the lens of sustainability. While holding a holistic perspective, the course examines the various material components of production systems, and food policy and food security. By course end, students will have a fundamental understanding of how food is produced, the options and constraints of producers, and the obstacles and potential for more sustainable food production systems.  

Upcoming Courses

Please note that the following lists only include descriptions of courses with the ENVS prefix. Please consult the UO Class Schedule, UO Catalog, and Tip Sheets for other course options. Click course name to see syllabus when available.

Course Number Course Name Term Offered Area major Requirement
200-level Required of Major  
201 Intro to Environmental Studies: Social Sciences Spring 2022 Area 1
203 Intro to Environmental Studies: Humanities Spring 2022 Area 1
410 Justice, Cap & Anthro Spring 2022  
410 Top Nat in Pop Culture Spring 2022 Area 3B: Humanities Foundation
410 Unnatural Disasters Spring 2022 Area 3B: Humanities Foundation
410 Top Fires and Society Spring 2022  
410 Top Ocean Conservation Spring 2022 Area 3B: Humanities Foundation
410 Top Cascade Ice & Fire Spring 2022  
411 Top Colonialism & Clim  Spring 2022  
429L Top Environ Leadership Spring 2022 Area 5
450 Political Ecology Spring 2022  
455 Sustainability Spring 2022 Area 3B: Social Science Foundation
493M Passive Cooling Spring 2022 Area 3B: Sustain. Design & Practice

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