Drew University offers a nationally recognized, sustainability-oriented program of study in Environmental Science. Environmental sustainability emphasizes solutions and integrates science with economic and social justice.

News and Information

Read the latest about ESS people and initiatives, from the Drew Forest to Ecuador to the community garden.  ESS events are also communicated by email and through the ESS Moodle site, please contact the program director to receive information about upcoming events.


Any student may choose to major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), to declare an Environmental Science Option, or to take courses of interest to study toxic pollution, environmental policy, green chemistry, ecological anthropology, sustainable business, and much more.  Follow this link for information about course offerings and the major and minor (search the catalog programs for ESS).

Environmental Justice and the Common Good

Drew offers courses, events, and research opportunities relevant to today’s efforts to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens and to ensure all people have safe food, water to drink, and air to breathe.  Drew’s environmental justice projects include GIS mapping of air pollution sources and demographic patterns in New Jersey; toxic chemical analysis for EJ communities; and community impacts of mountaintop removal mining, studied during an alternative spring break to Kentucky.  See Drew Today’s highlights of an environmental justice tour of the city of Newark, provided by the Ironbound Community Corporation.

Research with Professors

Hands-on research projects, available to all interested students, have included streams and water quality in Lake Tahoe, climate change and landscape evolution, and coastal land use in Ecuador. Many research projects are part of the department’s Environmental Justice program (see above).

Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at Drew

With major grant support from a private donor, New Jersey Audubon, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we are working to control invasive plants, restore lost species, and protect native species from deer in this 10 acre preserve.

Drew Spatial Data Center

All ESS majors are trained in spatial data techniques and analysis using GIS. Our Spatial Data Center offers training and access to equipment to students, faculty and staff.

Campus Sustainability

Drew University is a signatory on the Presidents’ Climate Change Commitment, and intensive planning is now underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More information about these campus-wide initiatives is available at the Campus Sustainability web site.


We provide placement assistance and stipend support for internships, which provide critical hands-on experience for students. See our Student Opportunities page for examples of recent internship opportunities.  Funds are available to students for unpaid internships, summer research projects, and attendance at conferences thanks to generous grants to Drew from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and NASA.

Major/Minor Requirements & Course List

Please view the college catalog for a full and up to date list of requirements and courses for this program.