Undergraduate Programs

Lehigh University environmental initiative

Whatever your interest, we have the program.

It can be confusing for prospective (and even existing) students to navigate all of Lehigh’s undergraduate programs related to the environment. Students have varying attributes and professional goals, so Lehigh has several options for study in the environmental disciplines.  Here is a brief description of our undergraduate environmental programs and the associated links that can provide you with complete details.

Environmental Studies (BA and Minor).  Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program available for students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are interested in environmental affairs from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. This degree will help prepare students for a variety of career options including positions in policy agencies at the federal, state and local government levels, non-profit organizations, environmental journalism or environmental law. Please follow this link for more information about Environmental Studies.

Sustainable Development (Minor). Lehigh’s Sustainable Development program offers coursework and project-based experiential learning opportunities (both domestic and international) to students from ALL of Lehigh’s colleges. Sustainable development not only addresses ecological protection, but also includes equitable economic well-being and social inclusion. Please follow this link for more information about Lehigh’s program in Sustainable Development.

Earth & Environmental Sciences (BS, BA, and Minor). The department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, in the College of Arts & Sciences, provides a rigorous program that expose students to the fundamentals of environmental science, geology, and ecology. As an interdisciplinary science, it requires that students also complete coursework in math and collateral sciences such as physics, chemistry, and in some cases, biology.  Please follow this link for more information about undergraduate programs in Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Environmental Engineering (BS). The program in Environmental Engineering is offered through the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and requires admission into the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Environmental Engineering students receive rigorous training in the physical sciences, mathematics, and scientific methods, coupled with complementary studies in the humanities and social sciences. Please follow this link for more information about undergraduate programs in Environmental Engineering.

IDEAS: Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (BS). This program provides students with a unique opportunity to combine the breadth and depth of two programs of study in a four-year college experience. Jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, IDEAS is a four-year honors program that allows students to earn a bachelor's degree with concentrations in both colleges. In close collaboration with IDEAS advisors and faculty directors, students admitted to this highly selective honors program develop an individualized academic plan tailored to their interests. IDEAS students have successfully combined courses in environmental engineering, environmental science, and the policy elements of environmental studies and sustainable development into a unique, coherent, and comprehensive environmental program. Please follow this link for more information about Lehigh’s IDEAS Program.


Lehigh University Environmental Initiative-2013 EI-STEPS Symposium

STEPS-EI Summer Research/Fellowship Symposium 

The faculty and students of the EI program celebrate the beginning of each fall semester honoring the recipients of the undergraduate STEPS-EI Summer Research/Fellowship Symposium. The students present the results of their summer activities in a poster session. The symposium program, posters and gallery images can be viewed online.