Our mission is to understand and provide solutions to the most challenging resource issues facing our planet.
We explore systems on our planet through basic research and applied solutions. As such, we bring together natural and social sciences to propel North Carolina as a leader in local and global environmental research and innovation. We elevate research into understanding by investigating the diverse and interactive systems that regulate the environment, including consequences for humans and other organisms. We are committed to educating students to improve understanding for future generations.
We offer undergraduate degrees (BA, BS) in environmental sciences and environmental studies and graduate degrees (MA, MS, PhD) in ecology. Our degrees include tracks in quantitative energy systems (BS) and in sustainability (BA).
We collaborate with professional schools at UNC to create career pathways for our students. Some specific examples include our dual bachelor’s-master’s degrees in environmental informatics (Information Science), environment and science communication (Media and Journalism), and public administration (Government).