Environmental Studies asks students to examine both the ecological and social underpinnings of environmental issues and the interplay between natural and social systems. Since humans are integral parts of ecological systems, and understanding of the biosphere must include studies in both the humanities and natural sciences. Environmental Studies is useful for students seeking academic or professional paths in public policy on the environment as well as involvement in "green" sector jobs.
The nationally-popular interdisciplinary field of Environmental Studies is premised on the idea that nature and culture are inextricably linked. Nature provides the context in which "culture" is constructed, and culture acts as a lens through which humans define "nature."