Undergraduate Programs

E²SHI does not directly offer any degree-granting programs. The below list aims to help acquaint you to all environment-related academic programs available at Johns Hopkins. For additional information, contact the program's host department.


Geography and Environmental Engineering Majors and Minors

Environmental Engineering Major

The Program of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering educates students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate effectively as they apply the fundamental scientific principles of engineering to environmental challenges. Students take a foundation of courses in both the natural and social sciences (including writing and economics courses), the principles of environmental engineering, and the art and science of engineering design. After taking these foundational courses, students choose one of the four focus areas as part of their studies:

  • Environmental Management and Economics is a systems-based concentration featuring waste management courses.
  • Environmental Engineering Science is a concentration focusing on chemistry and micro-organisms.
  • Environmental Transport is an earth systems concentration.
  • Environmental Health Engineering is concentration with courses offered at the School of Public Health.

Geography Major

Students work with a faculty advisor to plan a unique and individualized curriculum suited to the student’s ultimate career goals. After taking foundational courses, students will select either a human geography or physical geography focus.


The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering offers three minors:

  • Environmental Engineering is designed to allow engineering students to pursue an interest in this field and to incorporate aspects of environmental engineering into careers in other engineering disciplines.
  • Environmental Sciences is designed to encourage and facilitate studies in environmental science by students completing degrees in other science and engineering disciplines.
  • Engineering for Sustainable Development is designed to expose students to some of the key issues related to development, methods of information-gathering in diverse and difficult settings, and working effectively with non-engineers on complex problems (more information above).

Five-year Combined (B.S./M.S. or B.S./M.S.E.) Program

Applications should be submitted by the end of the fall semester of the junior year. 

Learn more about undergraduate programs in geography and environmental engineering


Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Major and Minor

The Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS) major and minor are based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (School of Arts and Sciences), although courses come from nearly every department on campus. This interdisciplinary program focuses not only on the science of the Earth and its living and nonliving systems but also on how humans interact with Earth and its natural systems and how humans can use powerful tools, such as policy and communication, to harm or help those systems.

The goals of the program are to advance awareness of the magnitude and consequences of these issues and to train the next generation of problem-solvers who will address the effects of global environmental change. Education is typically specialized within traditional disciplines; a primary purpose of this major is to arm graduates with problem-solving tools from multiple disciplines. Students will be exposed to theory, research, and the practical applications of both throughout their coursework.

After completing core requirements, students choose between Science and Social Science concentrations. Both concentrations contain earth science courses and social science courses, but the relative amounts of each differ depending on the concentration.

Learn more about GECS

Environmental health and engineering students take measurements along
a fish ladder installed next to the Bloede Dam. Photo Credit: Will Kirk 

The whole problem of health, in soil, plant, animal, and man is one great subject.
— Sir Albert Howard