Education

Tufts offered environmental classes in the curriculum as early as 1962, long before most other universities saw the need for such programs. This long history of environmental education has prepared Tufts well to meet the current demand for creating environmental leaders. In this time of great momentum and change in the global community concerning environmental and human issues, environmental literacy is becoming incorporated in even more courses, departments, and programs across the various schools of Tufts.

Graduate Environmental Education at Tufts

The Tufts University Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) program provides students with the interdisciplinary perspective and tools crucial to managing water-related problems. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate in Water: Systems, Science, and Society, in addition to their applicable graduate degree.

The Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning is a graduate program dedicated to producing leaders that will contribute to the development of just and sustainable communities. The program offers two degrees in public policy and planning. Students can study for a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, or a Master of Public Policy degree.

Founded in 1983, the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy investigates the ethical, legal, social, scientific, and policy dimensions of human-animal studies. In addition to providing an ethics and values curriculum for the Cummings School, the Center for Animals and Public Policy offers a Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy.

The Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program, based within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy in one academic environment. The program offers an M.S. and a PhD and opportunities for placement in internships, community service, and relevant research.

The Center for Conservation Medicine hosts the newly created Master of Science in Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  This program provides foundational knowledge in emerging conservation medicine issues and applications, and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations in the conservation health arena.

Undergraduate Environmental Education at Tufts

Founded in 1984, the Tufts Environmental Studies Program was one of the first multidisciplinary environmental undergraduate programs in the United States. This program promotes the study of natural surroundings, designs that help minimize degradation of those surroundings, and the social and political tools needed to preserve and improve the environment.

The Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering gives students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge laboratory facilities in a collaborative environment to gain the tools necessary to successfully tackle the problems of today and tomorrow. The department offers undergraduates highly regarded degrees in civil and environmental engineering.

The oldest organization of its kind in the United States, the Experimental College at Tufts University serves as a major focus for educational innovation, expansion of the undergraduate curriculum, and faculty/student collaboration within Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The ExCollege often hosts innovative environmental courses.

Faculty Environmental Literacy at Tufts

The Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute is a multi-day faculty development workshop intended to enhance faculty environmental literacy, with a goal of assisting participants to incorporate these themes into existing or new courses in order to increase the environmental exposure and knowledge of all Tufts students.