The College Database: U.S. College & University Rankings

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Atmospheres, Oceans and Climates Founded in 1990, The Center for Global Change Science at MIT has become a leader in predicting and assessing climate change. Undergraduate students as well as graduate-student researchers work in this interdisciplinary center at the heart of understanding major environmental challenges.
Stanford University Stanford University Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program Stanford's Environmental Law Clinic provides the backbone for this law school program that addresses global and national policy and law. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosts interdisciplinary research that touches all seven of the university’s schools.
Harvard University Harvard University Environmental Sciences and Engineering Students choose among degree concentrations in atmospheric sciences, microbiology, climate, oceanography, environmental chemistry, water management and international environmental politics. The Harvard Environmental Economics Program creates a save-the-planet niche for business, political science, health-policy and economics majors.
Yale University Yale University Environmental Forestry Surprised? They take forestry seriously in New Haven. The celebrated Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies offers one-year and three-year mid-career master’s degrees in forestry with a concentration on biodiversity conservation, water management, fire science, hydrology, biometeorology, socio-political ecology, policy and law, and pollution control.
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Environmental Science and Engineering Give yourself props for wind energy! The Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE), part of the Caltech Biological Propulsion Laboratory, provides an interdisciplinary research facility where engineers can catch the wave.
State University of New York State University of New York Sustainable Energy Management The College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers this soup-to-nuts undergraduate degree for those who want to change the way we find, develop and sell energy. Students build management skills while focusing on issues of energy resources, markets, energy security, and energy policy. Students divide time between the classroom and the laboratory at ESF's Syracuse campus
Oregon State University Oregon State University Renewable Materials More than 40 percent of Oregon is forested, making it an ideal state for studying forestry. This degree program looks toward research, development, and production of alternatives to non-renewable materials such as petroleum-based products. Join the march toward developing plant-based substitutes for toxic chemicals.
Oregon Institute of Technology Oregon Institute of Technology Renewable Energy Engineering Tech’s Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering program is designed for full-time students (daytime classes) and working adults (three evenings a week). The program develops student’s skills in technical management and builds advanced renewable engineering expertise in fields including biomass, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, and fuel cells.
College of the Atlantic College of the Atlantic Human Ecology There are no departments per se at the College of the Atlantic; all students participate in cross-disciplinary studies in arts and design, environmental studies and human studies. The college offers concentrations in field ecology and conservation, ecological policy and planning, marine studies, and sustainable food systems.
University of California, Davis University of California, Davis Environmental Toxicology It’s no surprise that this UC campus, situated in California’s San Joaquin Valley agricultural empire, leads the way in toxicology research. Undergrad majors study ever-changing factors that adversely affect air, water and soils. Courses include field sampling, risk assessment, forensic science, genetics, physics, chemistry, mass spectrometry, DNA analysis, and environmental stress.
Dartmouth College Dartmouth College Earth, Ecosystem and Ecological Sciences Program Nearby marine and forest habitats make for abundant research opportunities in this, the Ivy league’s flagship interdisciplinary program in environmental studies. If the local woods and waterways won’t suffice, Dartmouth partners with ecological research stations in Central America, Jamaica, Indonesia, the Himalayas and Antarctica. Pack your bags!
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University Natural Resources Ecology and Management The newly created Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management combines the fields of management with sustainability. Coursework addresses the ecological management of rangelands, water sources, and forests, including studies in conservation biology and restoration.
Indiana University Indiana University Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management Make a difference. The School of Public & Environmental Affairs has designed a program for those who intend to lead the way in fostering environmental protection and conservation. Courses include studies into environmental economics, law, policy, data analysis and topics in watershed management, cost-benefit and risk analysis.
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Energy Policy and Climate How can managers respond to challenges of climate change and energy development using sound legal, scientific and technological solutions? The coursework in this program bridges interdisciplinary studies in sustainable energy systems, energy production and delivery, and policy (international, national and local).
Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science The Institute for Green Science provides the ecological launch-pad for university studies in solar energy, renewable agriculture, and pollution reduction. The EESS program holistically covers topics of water and air quality, green design and sustainability, while providing detailed studies in energy supply and conservation, LEED buildings and green design, and environmental microbiology for engineers.
Penn State University Penn State University Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology This comprehensive ecology program offered through The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences features more than 50 faculty members representing ecology issues related to people, the landscape and biological/chemical factors. That means studies in human behavior, evolutionary ecology, ecosystems, paleoecology, molecular ecology, climate change, biodiversity, and root and soil ecology. Dig in.
University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Nerds go green! Cal’s Energy Biosciences Institute is engaged in breakthrough studies in biofuels production, fossil fuel bioprocessing, and environmental/social/economic impacts. Undergrad and graduate programs in the plant or micro division of the College of Natural Resources have eco-practical applications galore. (Berkeley is also home to the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.)
University of Colorado, Boulder University of Colorado, Boulder Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Are you up on your limnology? Colorado’s Center for Limnology is a leading research facility for the study of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program has labs that explore marine ecosystems, disease and invasions to fresh water, insect behavior and landscape restoration.
Montana State University Montana State University Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems The College of Agriculture, College of Education, and College of Health and Human Development came together to create this balanced, cutting-edge program that offers students degree concentrations in sustainable food systems, sustainable crop production, agro-ecology, or sustainable livestock production. No lazing around allowed. All students are required to conduct field research and complete internships in their specialties.
University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Los Angeles Environmental Law UCLA’s Emmett Center is the first law school center devoted exclusively to issues of climate change. Law school students can choose a concentration of studies into environmental law, climate change law, land use regulation, public natural resources, sustainable technology and environmental justice.
Oberlin College Oberlin College Environmental Studies Roll up your sleeves. Students at the world-renowned Lewis Center follow a “curricular pathway” that integrates traditional science methodology with contemporary problem-solving of real world issues. Specialized studies and internships immerse students directly into practical experience in saving the planet.
The University of Michigan The University of Michigan Engineering Sustainable Systems Students in this degree track choose among a focus in Sustainable Energy Systems, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, and Sustainable Water Resources. Research focuses on energy policy, economics and societal impact, Carbon-free energy sources, transportation systems and fuels. The state that builds the most autos is challenging students to find solutions.
University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering in Energy Systems Solar is heating up! The Solar Energy Lab in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering has received top honors from International Solar Energy Society for developing practical uses of solar energy since 1954.
Duke University Duke University Earth and Ocean Sciences Studies in global change, coastal environmental issues, and groundwater integrity pack this major with the scientific inquiry and policy intrigue. The Duke University Marine Laboratory offers students exceptional opportunities to get their hands wet.
The University of New Hampshire The University of New Hampshire EcoGastronomy Eat locally, think globally. Launched in 2008, the EcoGastronomy Program became the first sustainable food system academic program in the country. It combines studies in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and hospitality management. Study trips to Italy and France round out this wholesome, tasty major.
SUNY, Canton SUNY, Canton Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems This acclaimed undergraduate program -- initially offered in 2006 within the Canino School of Engineering Technology -- draws students who want to save the planet as well as technical students who want shift career fields into emerging clean energy. Expect challenging classes in physics, math, CAD, environmental science, thermodynamics, programming for engineers and GIS.
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering Saving the planet includes saving its residents. Georgia Tech has teamed with Emery University in directing The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, an interdisciplinary program devoted to the creation of devices that aid in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
University of Texas University of Texas Environmental Science At UT, they hook ‘em early. The Environmental Science Institute in Austin offers entering students a well-rounded and comprehensive four-year interdisciplinary degree program in environmental science. The ES program focuses on early hands-on research experience, a geological, geographical, or biological sciences specializations, and career preparation.
University of California, Irvine University of California, Irvine Chemistry AirUCI is not the name of a new basketball shoe. It’s UC Irvine’s Atmospheric Integrated Research Lab, home to scientists from around the globe and students from the undergraduate and graduate ranks who study air quality, water resources, energy, and climate change. Findings get put directly into action through partnerships with California government water and air-quality agencies.
University of Arizona University of Arizona Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Committed to preserving or restoring to biological diversity? So are the students and scientists at the University of Arizona’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Its international reputation has brought worldwide leaders in evolutionary genetics to Tucson.
North Carolina State University North Carolina State University Aquatic Ecology Save the seas. NC State’s Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology is the home for graduate studies in both coastal and freshwater marine ecosystems. Students take to local waterways to conduct research, or learn about harmful algae, plant ecology, and aquatic biology at the Flow Cytometry Laboratory.
Iowa State University Iowa State University Environmental Science Synergy happens! The Environmental Science degree programs at Iowa State are holistic and interdisciplinary, exposing students to a wide curriculum including coursework in groundwater aquatic and wetland ecology, climatology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, water quality, landscape processes, and other contributing sciences.
Portland State University Portland State University Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Study green science in a green city. The Portland State School of the Environment: Environmental Science and Management coordinates five research programs or centers, including the Aquatic Bioinvasions Research and Policy Institute (with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program, the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, Student Watershed Research Program, and Environmental Professional Program.
University of Georgia University of Georgia Conservation Ecology Program Since the late 1950s, UGA has been involved in extensive environmental research, first delving into the impacts of the Atomic Energy Commission's Savannah River Plant. master’s students study wide-ranging environmental/ethical issues from wetlands policy to forest biodiversity.
Tulane University Tulane University Environmental Science At Tulane “Earth as a Living Planet” and “Earth as a Living Planet Laboratory” are key foundation courses that embody the ES department’s philosophy. Students receive key courses in geo/bio statistics, GIS, global change biology, environmental chemistry and diversity. After that, the sky’s the limit.
The University of Cincinnati The University of Cincinnati Environmental Studies Cincinnati’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences has developed a four-year major that provides students with diversity in studies and flexibility in design. The curriculum for the EVST program was compiled by faculty from the university’s nine departments to create a solid foundation in the sciences, research methodology, and professional skills.
Drexel University Drexel University Environmental Science Make a splash! Drexel’s already heralded ES program gained even more breadth in facilities with its 2011 merger with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Before they even begin their first semester, undergrads participate in a class at Barnegat Bay Field Station, heading off into a maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal streams and freshwater pond.
Illinois State University Illinois State University Renewable Energy The Center for Renewable Energy powers the green-career degree program at Illinois State University. It’s also home to the Illinois Wind Working Group dedicated to the research and development of wind power in the state -- and around the world. Students gain practical experience and insight into the fundamental issues involving R & D, biofuels and other renewable resources, legislation, and public policy.
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco Environmental Management Program USF’s graduate programs in environmental management have built-in flexibility, including online options. Coursework includes studies in environmental ethics, chemistry, environmental politics, policy design, eco-science, environmental law, restoration ecology and wetland labs, air and water quality assessment, waste management, climate change, and environmental engineering. Not for wimps.
Green Mountain College Green Mountain College Sustainable Master of Business Administration Located in Vermont, Green Mountain College is devoted to protecting the environment. The school calls its eco-business program, “The Greenest Green MBA.” Now in its seventh year, the program can be completed online. Practicing business managers learn that profitability need not equal environmental degradation.
Arizona State University Arizona State University Sustainability The ASU School of Sustainability was established within the Global Institute of Sustainability in 2007 to address issues of energy, technology, water scarcity and water quality, ecosystems, international development and environmental policy. While the program is slanted toward urban area topics, master’s students can integrate their program with overseas Peace Corps service.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Environmental Sciences & Engineering Want to meet the world you’re saving? Virginia Tech’s Center for Energy and the Global Environment, founded in 1994, connects current graduate students and research faculty with universities and energy industry organizations in more than 30 countries.
John Brown University John Brown University Renewable Energy On a mission? Undergrads enroll in a foundation program in engineering and then choose a path into international development or a focus in business management. A distinctly Christian school, John Brown University allows students to combine a call to international outreach with the development or management of overseas renewable energy projects.
Lehigh University Lehigh University Environmental Policy Design Lehigh University’s Environmental Initiative sponsors one of the country’s best-known programs for preparing graduates to take on the BIG ISSUES, including the power of political, social, and economic dynamics and the challenges posed by a severely degraded natural environment. Be ready to put on your grown-up pants.
Lane Community College Lane Community College Energy Management/Renewable Energy Technician Start changing the world house-by-house, business-by-business, community-by-community through Oregon’s Lane College two-year renewable energy technician program. Students learn LEED Framework and green building requirements, how to conduct a needs/risk analysis, assess carbon footprints and recommend practical, sustainable solutions.
Bismarck State College Bismarck State College Renewable Generation Technology Offered on campus or online, Bismarck State’s two-year degree program packs a punch. Students take courses in energy professional health and safety, instrumentation and control, solar/wind/hydraulic power systems, plant mechanical systems, applied electronics and more. All students, including online ones, must perform hands-on lab work. The college is home to the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE).
Washington University in St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis Environmental Policy Get political! Washington University’s Environmental Policy major is a rigorous journey through the tangled web of politics, bureaucracies, public opinion, regulation, the global political economy, sustainability, global oil battles, climate change, genetically altered foods, air and water quality, and biochemistry.
Northland College Northland College Sustainable Community Development Sustainable agriculture, land-use planning and policy, environmental justice, alternative energies and non-profit management are only a few of the foundation courses that prepare Northland grads for a wide range of public service careers or continued academic research. Courses in biology, economics, GIS, undoing the effects of racism, and sustainable development theory round out the curriculum. Students put new knowledge to service work immediately in the Northland and greater Chequamegon Bay community.
The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College Graduate Program on the Environment Greeners, as students here are called, choose Evergreen for its progressive and cutting-edge academic programs that place environmentalism and social responsibility at the core. The comprehensive master’s program includes studies in freshwater ecology, biodiversity, sustainable forestry, environmental justice, environmental policy, restoration ecology, climate change, and coastline management.
Eckerd College Eckerd College Environmental Studies Eckerd’s internationally recognized undergraduate ES program does not skimp on curriculum. During the four years, students are exposed to diverse topics including coastal ecosystem management, ecotourism, protected species, remote sensing, sacred-sites management and preservation, ethics and environmental justice, energy/land-use policy, and global climate change.