The Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration provides students with a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical and ethical dimensions.

Students become well-versed in the broad, interconnected issues of environment and public policy through course work and seminars. All students take courses in biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, economics, government, and mathematics. They then have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of either natural or social science relating to the environment.

Students also develop relationships with ESPP faculty, called the Board of Tutors. These faculty teach a number of the required courses, and some oversee annual ESPP field trips during the summer or J-Term.