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    The focus of environmental studies is the interaction of humans with the environment, specifically on coming up with ideas to live on the planet without destroying it. Graduates who major in environmental studies are passionate about the outdoors, and care about conserving its resources. You’ll be well versed in topics like climate change, renewable energy, and biodiversity. You’ll study how we caused some of the environmental problems in existence, and how, as a society, we may able to reverse them.

    Courses include ecology and society, environmental philosophy, environmental policy, economics of natural resources, statistics, and environmental analysis. You’ll also choose a specialty: environmental policy and law, renewable energy, or urban planning. Work options are just as varied: many grads find employment as community organizers, park rangers, educators, and preservationists.

    • Harvard University

      Harvard University Save

      Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
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      North America's oldest college, founded in 1636 and located in Cambridge across the Charles River from Boston, Harvard is a remarkable place that considers itself a remarkable place. Crimson undergraduate life begs a bullet-proof ego to help ensure success, because ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Yale University

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      Woodbridge Hall, New Haven, CT 06520
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      Founded in 1701 by those who felt Harvard had lost its way, Yale took as its Latin motto Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth, to suggest that those in Cambridge could no longer see the Veritas. Thus was the Harvard-Yale ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • University of Chicago

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      1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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      On a collegiate gothic campus built with Rockefeller money in a setting like the East Coast urban Ivies but in the Midwest on the Windy City's South Side, the University of Chicago is sometimes called "the place where fun goes ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Dartmouth College

      Dartmouth College Save

      207 Parkhurst Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
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      The only Ivy with the feel of a college rather than a university, Dartmouth is a haven for undergraduates. Its idyllic setting in a classic New Hampshire town comes complete with Dartmouth’s own skiway. Famous for traditions like the Homecoming ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Brown University

      Brown University Save

      One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
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      By contrast to Columbia's curriculum that includes courses required of all students, Brown has long offered the most open-ended Ivy program, with self-designed study leading to concentrations rather than traditional majors. The "choose your own adventure" ethos may contribute to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • University of Pennsylvania

      University of Pennsylvania Save

      34th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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      Founded by practical polymath Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania comprises the Wharton School of Business, Engineering, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Greek life and chants of "Let's Go, Quakers!" at spirited athletic contests contribute ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Washington University in St Louis

      Washington University in St Louis Save

      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Duke University

      Duke University Save

      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Harvey Mudd College

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      301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
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      With such a name and a founding mission to integrate math, science and engineering with the open-ended inquiry valued in a liberal arts education, Harvey Mudd College is indeed unique. Situated a short skateboard ride from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Swarthmore College

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      500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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      Quaker in heritage, suburban in setting, and serious about ideas, Swarthmore is a great liberal arts college for those truly interested in the life of the mind—engineers included. A 425-acre independently run arboretum frames the lovely campus, and white Adirondack ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Bowdoin College

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      5700 College Station - President's Office, Brunswick, ME 04011
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      The original SAT-optional college since 1969, Bowdoin has a proud Maine heritage that includes Gettysburg hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who saved the Union line with a textbook maneuver after his troops ran out of ammunition, and one mid-19th century class ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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