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Opening Doors to Prospective Students


On October 19, the Earth Institute, Columbia University hosted its sixth annual Environmental and Sustainable Development Programs Open House. Representatives from 33 educational programs associated with the Earth Institute were present at the event, held in the Low Library Rotunda, including undergraduate majors and special concentrations, master's and Ph.D. programs, and postbaccalaureate and certificate courses of study.

“The event provides prospective students with the opportunity to learn about our programs, to meet members of the Columbia environment and sustainable development community and to discover the depth and breadth of our programming in these areas,” said Louise Rosen, director of the Office of Academic and Research Programs at the Earth Institute. The diverse crowd of nearly 400 attendees was comprised of high school students, undergraduate students and graduate students from Columbia and surrounding universities, along with parents and professionals.

Demand is rising for individuals trained to address the complex issues of environmental management, climate change and sustainable development. The array of programs represented at the Open House demonstrates how many departments at Columbia—including Environmental Sciences; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B); and Earth and Environmental Sciences—are equipping future generations with critical problem-solving skills and tools. 

Our undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, along with certificate programs and fellowships, are part of the University’s commitment to leadership in environmental and sustainable development education.  If you want to learn more about these educational programs, but you were not able to attend the event, you can find more information (including contact information and application deadlines) at You can also email us at or call 212-854-3142.

Programs Present at the October 19 Open House:


Special Concentration in Sustainable Development

B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences

B.A. Concentration and Post-Baccalaureate- Environmental

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering

B.A. in Environmental Science (Barnard)

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U)


M.A. in Conservation Biology

M.A./M.S. in Earth and Environmental Science Journalism

M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering

M.A. in Climate and Society

M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences

M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy

M.P.A. in Development Practice

M.I.A./M.P.A. in Environmental Policy Studies

M.I.A./M.P.A. in Energy and Environment

Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. in Sustainable Development

Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Dr.P.H. and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences

Ph.D. Programs, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B)

Ph.D., IGERT Joint Program 

Certificate Programs

Environmental Policy Certificate

Conservation Biology Certificate

The Evening Certificate in Conservation Biology for Professionals

Science Teacher Education Program


The Earth Institute Fellows Program

The Marie Tharp Visiting Fellowship