Transform the way we interact with the Earth through study in conservation biology, environmental policy, sustainable building systems, and more.

Academic Highlights: The Department of Environmental Conservation's (ECo) programs offer real-world experiences, both in the classroom and beyond, with hands-on training in the field and laboratories, internships, and research opportunities with faculty. ECo ranks amongst the highest in the college for student satisfaction. Student fieldwork spans the world from Western Massachusetts to Africa and Asia, and over 90 percent of MS and PhD graduates find employment in their field after graduation. ECo is also a proud partner in the new School of Earth and Sustainability. 

Research Areas: Topics include sustainability in the natural and built environment, climate change, ecology and conservation, and natural, built, and coupled systems. 

Degrees: BS, MS, PhD


  • Tenure-track faculty: 19
  • Lecturers: 15
  • Adjunct research faculty: 14
  • Extension faculty: 6 
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 15
  • Undergraduate majors: 456
  • Graduate students: 157

Research awards: $8.3M

Visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website.