About Us

Mission Statement

The Environmental Science and Society (ENVI) program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) aims to create a community of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners focused on understanding environmental issues in all of their dimensions. Through teaching, research, and service, the ENVI program promotes academic engagement with respect to human-environment interactions and sustainability.

Student Take Aways from the Program

  • Develop critical thinking skills and apply them to the analysis of a problem or question.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major environmental issues and their potential solutions.
  • Understanding of the scientific process, including inquiry, hypotheses, and revision.
  • Value the importance of diverse worldviews in public and scholarly discourses on environmental issues. 
  • Apply concepts, principles, and theoretical frameworks for analyzing the ethical aspects of environmental issues. 
  • Identify the formal and informal societal constraints on addressing environmental problems. 
  • Communicate integrated perspectives on complex environmental problems or issues to both professional and lay audiences. 
  • Gather an in-depth understanding of at least one of the sub-disciplines within the envi major.

Letter from the Previous Program Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Kovacs

The Environmental Science and Society (ENVI) program is home to the ENVI major and Sustainability minor housed as an academic unit under the College of Arts and Sciences. Started in Winter semester 2012, ENVI is an interdisciplinary program with 7 affiliated departments and over 30 affiliated faculty in 4 different colleges.

Our graduates have obtained jobs and internships at national forests such as Coconino National Forest, watersheds such as Clinton River Watershed Council and Huron River Watershed Council, political organizations such as Environment Michigan, consulting firms such as Mannik Smith group, state and federal government organizations such as Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and US Fish and Wildlife, Nature Centers such as Thurston Nature Center, and international universities such as University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone Japan.

Graduates can also pursue graduate degrees in programs such as Climatology, Environmental Design or Policy, Forestry, Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Management, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources Economics or Management, Sustainability, Sustainable Tourism, and Watershed Science.

ENVI students are active volunteers and the ENVI program works closely with the GREEN (Gathering Resources to Educate about our Environment and Nature) and NetImpact student groups.

ENVI faculty affiliates are committed to the ENVI mission and are active in teaching, research, and service. Faculty often work with ENVI students on ENVI program-related research.

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