Cornell University's program in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences (ESS) is guided by a single principle - that all environmental problems can be understood and resolved only with a radically interdisciplinary approach. The program brings together courses and faculty from 20 departments and four of Cornell’s colleges. The departments of Development Sociology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Natural Resources, and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management are particularly committed to ESS and provide several of the courses within the ESS curriculum.
ESS offers students breadth and depth in a wide range of courses pertaining to the environmental and sustainability sciences. All students complete a rigorous set of foundation courses (Core Curriculum). This foundation then allows students to tailor their upper-division courses by selecting one of five concentrations. Enough flexibility remains for students to study abroad or pursue other opportunities Cornell offers.
If you are a prospective student, explore the ESS learning objectives, curriculum requirements and career paths pursued by recent graduates. Current students can use this site to explore relevant study abroad and internship opportunities. Also, try using the semester planner at left to map out the timing of your courses and study abroad, or explore example planners for each ESS concentration, wildlife biology certification, or fisheries science certification.