The Environmental Studies Program at Ohio University is an interdisciplinary academic unit that offers a Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES), a graduate certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Leadership, an undergraduate certificate in Environmental Studies, and numerous opportunities for faculty research collaboration and curriculum development. Created in 1970, the program meets the needs of students looking for a broader academic experience than a traditional course of study can provide.
The mission of the program is to equip students to understand and solve environmental problems, by integrating perspectives of biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. The program is distinctive in its approach of generating high quality research, attracting high caliber students, and creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in an extremely cost-effective manner.
As part of the Voinovich School, the Environmental Studies program works closely with the School’s Environmental Management program by providing student research assistants when possible and participating in community projects. Recognizing the need for additional community service opportunities, the Environmental Leadership Practicum consists of a problem-solving approach that requires students to work with an external organization on a mutually agreed-upon project. Several students work at the Voinovich School on environmental projects.