Environmental Studies

Academic Year 2023 – 2024

General Information

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Program Offerings:

  • Certificate

Department for program:

Graduate Program Administrator:

Overview

Students wishing to earn a graduate certificate in environmental studies are encouraged to consult with the faculty adviser for the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies, Luc Deike. Individual programs of study should be determined in consultation with the student’s home department adviser(s) and the Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies, who must approve the final program.

Requirements for the certificate include formal coursework, independent research and participation in a graduate colloquium or seminar. Each certificate student must complete four courses related to the environment, which must be from at least three of the University’s four divisions: humanities, social sciences (including policy), natural sciences and engineering. This implies a maximum of two courses from the student’s home division. Because courses must be taken in multiple disciplines, the planning of individual programs should take place as early as possible. In addition, each student must complete independent research related to an environmental issue. This work is typically incorporated as part of the student’s dissertation, although a stand-alone report or paper also is acceptable.

Finally, students enrolled in the certificate program are expected to participate in a graduate colloquium focused on issues related to the environment. All enrolled  students are expected to attend the colloquium for at least four semesters. Upon completion of the requirements, the program director will award the student a letter of certification in environmental studies.

Contact Amber Lee, Undergraduate/Graduate Program Manager, for more information about the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies.

Program Offerings

Program Offering: Certificate

This certificate does not appear on transcripts.

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies is structured to be highly interdisciplinary and provide graduate students in any discipline an opportunity to add an environmental dimension to their studies. Because the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) does not offer graduate degrees, students must first gain formal admission to a degree-granting program or department at Princeton before pursuing the certificate.

Courses

Individual programs of study that lead to the Certificate in Environmental Studies should be determined in consultation with the student’s home department adviser(s) and the Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies. The final program must be approved by the Program Director.

Each certificate student must complete four courses related to the environment. Those four courses must be from at least three of the four divisions of the University (the four divisions are defined as: Humanities, Social Sciences (including policy), Natural Sciences, and Engineering).

Specific course selection should be discussed with the HMEI Director of Graduate Studies. Example courses from across the four divisions of the university include the following:

  • AOS 578 / GEO 578: Chemical Oceanography
  • AOS 572: Atmospheric and Oceanic Wave Dynamics
  • AOS 573: Physical Oceanography
  • AOS 578 / GEO 578: Chemical Oceanography
  • ARC 514: The Environmental Engineering of Buildings
  • ARC 519: Climate Change, Adaptation and Urban Design
  • ARC 527 / ENV 527 : Provisioning: Food, Architecture and Urbanization in the Global 20th Century
  • CEE 516: Coastal Flood Hazards and Mitigation
  • CEE 571 / ENV 571 : Environmental Chemistry
  • CEE 586 / ENV 586: Physical Hydrology
  • CEE 587 / ENV 587: Ecohydrology
  • CEE 598 / ENV 598: Special Topics in Sustainable, Resilient Cities and Infrastructure Systems
  • CEE 599A / ENV 599A: Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Understanding hydrology and environmental engineering through teaching
  • CHM 544 / ENV 544: Metals in Biology: From Stardust to DNA
  • EEB 528: Topics in Conservation (Half-term): Sustainable Development
  • ENG 574: Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice through Literature and Film
  • ENG 575: Conflict Shorelines II: Conflict, Settlement, & Environmental Violence
  • ENV 596: Topics in Environmental Studies : Climate Science and Digital Culture: An Environmental Media Practicum
  • GEO 561 / ENV 561: Earth’s Atmosphere
  • GER 530 / COM 532 / ENV 530: Topics in Aesthetics and Poetics: Aesthetics & Ecology
  • GSS 504 / ENG 507 Race, Gender and the Anthropocene
  • HIS 507: Environmental History
  • MSE 512: Transformations in Materials: Theory and Simulation
  • POL 562: Theorizing Climate Change (Half-Term)
  • POL 586 / ENV 566 Climate Change and Conflict
  • SOC 581: Urban Sociology: Changing Cities in the Global Age (Half-Term)
  • SPI 581C: Topics in Economics – Energy Economics
  • SPI 586D: Global Environmental Governance
  • SPI 594S: Climate Change: Science and PolicyA more complete list of acceptable courses is maintained by the Program Director and the Program Administrator. Interested students should consult with the Program Director to discuss course selection and individual programs.

A more complete list of acceptable courses is maintained by the Program Director and the Program Administrator. Interested students should contact Amber Lee, Undergraduate/Graduate Program Manager, for more information about the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies.

Dissertation and FPO

Each student must complete independent research related to an environmental issue. This work most typically is incorporated as part of the student’s dissertation, although a stand-alone report or paper is also acceptable.

Additional requirements

Students enrolled in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program are expected to participate in a graduate colloquium focused on issues related to the environment.

Faculty

  • Director

    • Corina E. Tarnita
  • Executive Committee

    • Ian C. Bourg, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Allison Carruth, Effron Center Study of America
    • Jacob S. Dlamini, History
    • William A. Gleason, English
    • Katharine B. Hackett, High Meadows Environmental Ins, <i>ex officio</i>
    • Melissa Lane, Politics
    • Reed M. Maxwell, Civil and Environmental Eng
    • Erika L. Milam, History
    • Rob Nixon, English
    • Michael Oppenheimer, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
    • Laure Resplandy, Geosciences
    • Daniel Rubenstein, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Gabriel A. Vecchi, Geosciences
    • Jerry C. Zee, Anthropology

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.

Permanent Courses

Courses listed below are graduate-level courses that have been approved by the program’s faculty as well as the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School as permanent course offerings. Permanent courses may be offered by the department or program on an ongoing basis, depending on curricular needs, scheduling requirements, and student interest. Not listed below are undergraduate courses and one-time-only graduate courses, which may be found for a specific term through the Registrar’s website. Also not listed are graduate-level independent reading and research courses, which may be approved by the Graduate School for individual students.

CEE 571 - Environmental Chemistry (also ENV 571)

A focus on organic pollutants in the environment through study of the theoretical basis for chemical, physicochemical, and microbiological processes. This foundation is used to explain chemical property estimation methods for phonemena such as phase partitioning, diffusion, and biodegradation. These processes are examined with respect to their implications for remediation technologies.

CEE 586 - Physical Hydrology (also ENV 586)

Problems in surface hydrology, based upon the underlying physics. Precipitation and evapotranspiration; mechanisms of surface runoff generation; propagation of flood waves overland and in channels; and water balance modeling are studied.

CEE 587 - Ecohydrology (also ENV 587)

A description of the hydrologic mechanisms that underlie ecological observations. The space-time dynamics of soil-plant-atmosphere is studied at different temporal and spatial scales. A review is done of the role of environmental fluctuations in the distribution of vegetation. Emphasis is made in the dynamics of soil moisture. The signatures revealing fractal structures in landscapes and vegetation are reviewed as result of self-organizing dynamics. Unifying concepts in the processes responsible for these signatures will be studied with examples from hydrology and ecology.

CEE 598 - Special Topics in Sustainable, Resilient Cities and Infrastructure Systems (also ENV 598)

Advanced studies in selected areas of sustainable, resilient cities and infrastructure systems. Special topics vary according to the instructor's and the students' interests.

CEE 599A - Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources (also ENV 599)

Use of probability and statistics for hydrologic mideling and analysis. This methods- based course includes: probability models, including the L- Moment parameter estimation method; estimating bivariate distributions using copulas, time series analysis, spatial data analysis using kriging, as well as principle components ( empirical orthogonal functions, EOF), Monte Carlo simulation and hydrologic forecasting. The course involves readings from the stochastic hydrology literature and hands on computer analysis and simulation.

CHM 544 - Metals in Biology: From Stardust to DNA (also ENV 544)

A course in inorganic physiology and biochemistry, presenting the chemical principles adopted by nature to perform biological functions. Topics include metal ion function in protein and nucleic acid structure, metalloenzyme mechanisms, metal regulation of gene expression, biological energy conversion via ion pumping, storage and mobilization of the elements, and biomineralization.

ENV 596 - Topics in Environmental Studies (also AMS 596/ENG 517/MOD 596)

This topics course offers seminars with a focus on climate change and/or biodiversity. Seminars under this topic examine environmental and societal issues associated with two of the key defining challenges of our time: climate change and/or biodiversity loss. The course uses a multi-disciplinary combination of perspectives and approaches grounded in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

GEO 561 - Earth's Atmosphere (also ENV 561)

Earth's habitability depends on the continual recycling of various gases and even rocks, mainly between the atmosphere, oceans, "solid" earth and biosphere. The atmospheric and oceanic circulations that affect this recycling involve phenomena such as the weather, hurricanes, jet streams, tsunamis, the Gulf Stream, deserts, jungles, El Nino and La Nina. The class discusses how global warming will affect these phenomena.