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About the Program

The environment & sustainability program (ENSP) helps you become an innovative change maker who carries a vision of how to resolve our contemporary environmental problems through science, policy and imagination. This program reaches across the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It is one of the most integrative environmental programs in the nation. Since ENSP is a secondary major, the ENSP degree offered (B.A. or B.S.) is determined by the primary major chosen before or at the same time as you declare ENSP. You will also focus your studies through one of three tracks: environmental science, environmental policy or environmental humanities. 

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What Makes Us Different

  • Three tracks

    Choose from Environmental Science, Environmental Policy and Environmental Humanities.

  • Guaranteed research opportunities for all majors

    Research experience makes students more competitive by developing the ability to think critically and problem solve.

  • Keck Environmental Lab

    Receive instructional and research support at W&M and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).

  • Student Activities

    Join the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Fermentation Club, NetImpact and the Environmental Law and Policy Review.


  • Top 50
    Best Colleges for Environmental Science in America
  • Top 30
    Best Colleges for Public Policy in America
  • # 16
    Best Science Lab Facilities
    The Princeton Review 2024

Applied Learning



William & Mary has been successful in placing graduates in high-ranking environmental graduate schools and setting them up with strong career trajectories in environmental fields. Graduating students have also moved directly into positions with the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey, National Park Service, Global Council for Science and the Environment, AmeriCorps and various environmental non-profits and consultancy companies including the Cadmus Group, Deloitte and FTI Consulting.

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.