Academic Programs

Columbia is a world leader in environmental studies and research, offering academic programs across a wide range of disciplines. Columbia offers 24 environmental degrees, as well as a sustainable development major and a sustainability master's program through its School of Continuing Education. Below are listed selected departments, centers and programs with a particular concentration in environment-related subjects. For course listings, consult Columbia's Directory of Classes.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Columbia College

Environmental Biology, B.A.*

Concentration in Environmental Biology*

Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.A.*

Human Rights, B.A.

Concentration in Human Rights

Sustainable Development, B.A.*

Special Concentration in Sustainable Development*


The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

Earth and Environmental Engineering, B.S.*

Undergraduate Minor in EEE*


School of General Studies (GS)

Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.A.*

Environmental Biology, B.A.*

Environmental Chemistry B.A.

Human Rights, B.A.

Concentration in Human Rights

Sustainable Development, B.A.*

Urban Studies, B.A.


Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)

M.S. in Urban Planning

Ph.D. in Urban Planning

Dual Degrees


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

M.A. in Climate and Society*

M.A. in Conservation Biology*

Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology*

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Primatology*

Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences*

Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability*


Columbia Business School

M.B.A. program in Social Enterprise


Columbia Journalism School

Earth and Environmental Sciences Journalism 


Columbia Law School

Environmental Law Courses


The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

MS Earth Resources Engineering*      

Optional Concentration options: Water Resources and Climate Risks, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Waste Management, or Environmental Health Engineering

Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Engineering*

Eng.Sc.D. Earth and Environmental Engineering*


School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

MIA/M.P.A. in Energy and Environment Concentration (EE)*

     Concentration in International Energy Management and Policy

     Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies 

M.P.A. in Development Practice*

M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy*

Executive MPA Concentration in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management*

Ph.D. in Sustainable Development*


School of Professional Studies (SPS)

MS in Sustainability Management*

MS in Landscape Design

Certifcate in Sustainability Analytics*

Certificate in Sustainability Water Management*

Certificate in Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology

Certificate in Human Rights


Mailman School of Public Health

MPH in Environmental Health Sciences*

Dr.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences*

Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences*


*Degrees affiliated with the Earth Institute