Prof. Christine Goodale, ecology and evolutionary biology, the chair of the proposal committee, speaks about a potential environmental studies major at forum Tuesday.

Students, Faculty Discuss Potential Environmental Studies Major

Students and faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences gathered at a forum Tuesday to discuss the introduction of an environmental studies major. The major would span both colleges with concentrations in areas including environmental humanities, ecology and economics, according to Prof. Christine Goodale, ecology and evolutionary biology, the chair of the proposal committee. The College of Arts and Sciences does not currently offer environmental science as a field of study. According to Goodale, the proposed major would give students more opportunities to explore areas in the humanities related to the environment. “The initial vision for this major was that it provided training in environmental science with exposure to both natural science and some social science and a bit of humanities,” Goodale said.