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.
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.
Tufts School of Arts and Sciences, located on the Medford/Somerville campus, is the oldest and largest of Tufts’ nine schools. Enrolling more than 4,300 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students, the School of Arts and Sciences offers a rare combination: a beautiful residential campus with a liberal arts college feel, a research-rich environment with graduate and professional schools, and easy access to an exciting metropolis.
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.