Humans and the Environment

Spyreas working in marsh

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment. It draws on work in natural science, life science, social science, humanities and the arts, to help students gain a deeper understanding, both of the environmental problems facing the world and of proactive opportunities for change.

Denison's Environmental Studies (ENVS) Program features engaging courses, accomplished faculty, top-notch facilities, small class sizes, and unique research and internship opportunities all geared to help prepare students to become tomorrow's conservation leaders.

A Denison education trains men and women to think critically and analytically and to approach challenging issues from multiple perspectives.  The curriculum in Environmental Studies at Denison, aimed at producing a sophisticated understanding of the complex relationships between human beings and the natural world, necessarily calls from students high-order problem-solving and the ability to draw upon the breadth of the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.”

—Dr. Dale T. Knobel, Former President of Denison University


Among issues of concern and investigation are:

  • Resource utilization
  • The impact of technology on ecosystems
  • Relationships between the environment and sociocultural systems
  • Geographic information systems analysis
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Conservation of biological diversity
  • Nature writing, alternative dispute resolution
  • Environmental psychology
  • Environmental ethics
  • And many others

Contact Us

Environmental Studies
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023

Doug Spieles

Professor and Program Director

Brenda Franks

Academic Administrative Assistant

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