The Environmental Studies program focuses on the study of natural systems and our relationship with them as a basis for taking action to support sustainability, at levels ranging from the local to the global. The mission of this program is to deepen the student’s understanding of past and present environmental issues, to develop the student’s understanding of the principles of conservation ecology, to prepare students to develop and and manage environmentally sustainable processes, and to prepare students to shape public opinion and public policy to produce social change in support of sustainable environmental systems.