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Open House: Earth Institute Undergraduate Programs

Students on a field trip
Students on a field trip to Randall's Island in the East River.

Do you want to know how to balance a carbon footprint and a bottom line? Interested in studying the environment or sustainable development? Whether you are interested in global poverty alleviation, sustainable development, sustainability management, ecology or environmental policy, Columbia University has a program for you.

You can learn more at the Environmental and Sustainable Development Programs Open House hosted by The Earth Institute, Columbia University, from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Low Memorial Library, Columbia University (116th & Broadway).

Innovative Undergraduate Programs

As an undergraduate, you can choose from a variety of subject areas, including the new undergraduate program in sustainable developmentearth and environmental sciences; earth and environmental engineering; ecology, evolution, and environmental biology; environmental biology; environmental science; environmental policy and sustainable development. The sustainable development program comprises a major and special concentration that prepares you to address the most pressing issues that society faces, such as providing food, energy and other basics for the world’s population, while maintaining the planet’s climate and ecosystems.

Beyond the Classroom

As an undergraduate student you have access to an array of resources, including field research funds, research assistantships, internships and the diverse expertise of hundreds of researchers and on-the-ground experts associated with the Earth Institute and Columbia University. Past interns and research assistants have worked on projects focused on things such as water-harvesting systems in India, sustainable planning for Haiti and urban agriculture in New York City.

Each semester funding is made available for students to conduct fieldwork related to their degree through the Travel Grant Program, and for sustainable development students through the Global Fellows in Sustainable Development Program. In addition, sustainable development students can participate in an international academic-exchange program as part of the Global Honors College. Through the Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program, students can earn academic credit while gaining field experience in countries like Puerto Rico, Jordan and Brazil. For more on student projects, read reports from the 2011 Student Research Showcase.

To read more about the research and career opportunities our students are pursuing, visit our student profiles page here.

To RSVP for this exciting event, please click here to register . For more information, please contact Pamela Vreeland at or call (212) 854-8158.  Additional information about the Earth Institute’s academic programs can also be found at

We look forward to seeing you there.

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