ENSP: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The linked perspectives offered by interdisciplinary education are often regarded as appropriate ways of addressing the complexity of global trends such as environmental change, global food security, environmental justice, and the development of green technologies   The Environmental Science and Policy program values the integration of the natural sciences and social sciences and how those disciplines can best shape good public policies.  Taking courses from a wide variety of subject areas gives students the opportunity to consolidate learning by synthesizing ideas from many perspectives and encourages them to explore new knowledge in different areas of environmental science. We strongly believe this type of education will help ENSP students become more employable due to their ability to engage across disciplinary boundaries and help bridge the gap between science and policy-making decisions.

We encourage you to explore this website, where you will find information and resources on our areas of concentration, advising services, and various academic and career resources.  Please contact us if you have any questions!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Information for...

Current Students

Students: Take advantage of the ENSP Advising Blog, where you'll find information on internships, research opportunities, workshops, events on campus, and more!

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Prospective Students

The Environmental Science and Policy Program welcomes all students with diverse academic interests and a commitment to further understand climate change, energy policy, water resources and long-term sustainability. You’ll join a highly-talented group of students and faculty who embrace a multidisciplinary education to solve the world’s most pressing environmental issues.  Click HERE to learn more!

ENSP Alumni

Alumni: If you're still job-hunting or looking for other post-grad options, like research or graduate school, don't forget to check out the ENSP Alumni Blog! 

The University Career Center also has resources and tools to help you with your career search, as well as opportunities to give back to current students and connect with other UMD Alumni!

ENSP in the Spotlight

ENSP Wildlife student Gabriela Icaza is getting her hands dirty this summer!  As part of her internship experience, she is currently helping with the Holly Hill trail project this summer alongside the American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT).  The trail is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, and we'll have Gabriela to thank for all her hard work in making this project a success.