The Institute for the Environment offers amazing experiential education opportunities through their field site network. The Institute’s field sites, with locations throughout North Carolina and abroad, focus on themes specific to the six regions where they are located. The field sites provide semester-long opportunities for students to explore real-world issues through a combination of course work, field trips, group research projects and internships with local organizations. The Institute also offers opportunities for field study, where students can hike the Sierra Nevada mountains and explore the coral reefs of the Virgin Islands.

The Institute also offers Internship opportunities: mentored, one-on-one experiences that offer students individual practical experience in settings that match their particular interests.

IDEA provides paid geoscience research opportunities and graduate school preparation at UNC-Chapel Hill to full-time undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students in the geosciences and provide the support and training necessary to pursue a graduate degree. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program.

Overview of Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolina has a long tradition of excellence in the environmental field, with educational programs located in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Law, Business, Government, and Media and Journalism. These programs include highly focused studies in the sciences, social sciences or humanities to professional applications. Both our Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and our campus-wide community in environmental policy are routinely ranked amongst the top 10 such programs in the country.

Graduate Studies

For students interested in advanced study environmental graduate degrees, Carolina offers degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business and Public Health.

Undergraduate Studies

For students interested in pursuing an undergraduate environmental degree, the Institute for the Environment, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health , offers a Bachelors of Science in Public Health (BSPH). In addition, the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology in the e College of Arts and Sciences offers two environmental degrees in environmental science (BSc) and environmental studies (BA) and two environmental minors. Other departments offer environmental related degrees in biology, geography, geological sciences and anthropology.