Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy

Studying the Environment at Northwestern

The study of environmental issues is inherently interdisciplinary and this is reflected by the Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy Programs. The Environmental Sciences major provides students with an understanding of how the natural environment operates, how it has been impacted by society, and how society attempts to mitigate the impacts. The Environmental Engineering major trains students in the analysis of the behaviors of complex natural and engineered environmental systems, and the design of sustainable environmental infrastructure. The Environmental Sciences and Engineering majors share the core introductory courses Env Sci/Civ Env 201, 202, 203. The Program in Environmental Policy and Culture (EPC) is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on the study of the relationship between people and their natural surroundings. The program integrates social sciences and humanities approaches to environmental studies.

The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences co-administer the collective Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Policy Programs. The Environmental Sciences major and Environmental Policy and Culture minor are inter-departmental programs within Weinberg. The Environmental Engineering major is administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in McCormick.

The administrative office for ESEP, Environmental Sciences and EPC is in the A130 suite of the Technological Institute. The administrative office for Environmental Engineering is in A236 of Tech. If you would like more information about the ESEP programs, please contact us.