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Many of Tufts' academic departments offer courses that touch on sustainability topics. There are also a wide variety of academic programs and research centers at Tufts that particularly emphasize environmental and sustainability-related issues and topics. This allows students to relate their specific academic interests to topics in sustainability.


Tufts Environmental Studies program was one of the first multidisciplinary environmental degree programs to be offered in the U.S. Environmental Studies is offered both as a stand-alone major and as a dual major. We also offer a minor in Food System and Nutrition and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy (for Engineering students only).

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a number of majors and minors for undergraduate students that focus on the physical and chemical relationships between environments and health. Undergraduate students can pursue a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health, and a minor in Geosystems for non-CEE students.

The Experimental College at Tufts is dedicated to innovation and collaborative learning and teaching. Students are exposed to subjects beyond what is offered in traditional classrooms. While the course list changes frequently, historically, the Experimental College has offered courses with exciting environmental focus areas that  engage with contemporary concerns and movements within the environmental field. 


WSSS is a graduate research and education program that was established in 2004 to provide interdisciplinary perspectives and tools needed to manage water-related problems around the world. The program is supported by Tufts Institute of the Environment. 

Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) offers three Masters planning programs, all of which have a focus on sustainability and the relationship between public policy, planning, and environmental and social outcomes.

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy offers a Master of Science and PhD program in Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and a required internship in a related field, the program offers students challenges students to think about food systems in a holistic way, with a particular emphasis on nutrition and sustainability.

The Department of Civil and Environmental also offers PhD and MS programs as well as continuing education certificate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Management.

Sustainable Water Management (SWM) is a Master of Science program offered through Tufts Institute of the Environment. It is an intensive one year professional MS degree which addresses the growing international demand for interdisciplinary water management experts. 

Research Centers

Tufts Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) is a center of expertise in economics, policy, science and technology. 

Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide education and research institute which facilitates and coordinates environmental programs at the University. TIE helps to coordinate environmental education, research and outreach at Tufts; provides a calendar of environmental events on campus and in the surrounding communities; and organizes numerous environmental conferences and lectures.

A research affiliate of Tufts with an office on the Medford/Somerville campus, SEI is an international research organization working on sustainable development.

Established in 1990 to support the growing demand for international environmental leaders, the Center for Environmental and Resource Policy (CIERP) provides an interdisciplinary approach to educate graduate students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The center also recently launched a Climate Policy Lab that works to research policies that will help governments achieve the Paris Agreement climate goals.

Tisch College prepares students to become engaged public citizens and community leaders who will help build a more equitable world.