Our mission is to understand and provide solutions to the most challenging resource issues facing our planet.UNC Environment Ecology and Energy Program logo
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 Sciences), environmental and science communication (Media and Journalism), and public administration (Government).

Recent News and Science

E3P major, Emily Kian, competes for international startup prize

photo of UNC-CH E3P undergraduate student Emily Kian

Student startup pitched business to world leaders at the United Nations headquarters Current Carolina students Eliza Harrison, Lucy Best and Emily Kian will pitch their startup company to world leaders at. . .

Energy and Water Faculty Cluster Hire

UNC Curriculum in Environment and Ecology Weekly Digest

The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting five outstanding tenure track faculty at the assistant or associate professor rank to. . .

New name, new emphasis, for environmental program at UNC

Photo of E3P students walking across the sand at the Outer Banks Field Site.

A new interdisciplinary program in Environment, Ecology and Energy (E³P) will leverage the College’s strengths in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to teach students how to best manage resources in an. . .