Curricula & Research

Barnard offers a variety of courses in sustainable sciences and theory, and works closely with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Expand your career path, and get connected with a network of internships and courses that will help you gain experience in environmental awareness.


Barnard offeres a wide range of courses wide range of courses that explore climate change, environmental justice, and innovative solutions. Students interested in sustainability have the opportunity to incorporate Barnard's green efforts into their education, through courses that take a "campus as laboratory" approach. The Department of Environmental Science, among many others, offers courses that examine the science and policy behind sustainable development.

Environment & Sustainability Major

In the Fall of 2017, the Environment and Sustainability major was approved by the Barnard College faculty (previously it was the College maintained an Environmental Policy major). The major teaches students to develop an understanding of the processes and stresses of earth’s systems, handle environmental data and make reasoned assessments, and engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary work required for developing approaches to maintain a sustainable environment. Take a look at the required list of courses for the major (semester availability will vary).


New York City is home to hundreds of sustainable development organizations, and by interning at these organizations, students are exposed to cutting-edge work happening outside of the classroom. To learn more about internship and job opportunities, visit the Beyond Barnard website and consult Barnard's job search engine, Handshake, to find more resources for green jobs.

The Earth Institute 

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is also an excellent resource for students and alumnae interested in green careers and internships. The Earth Institute distributes a mailing list about green jobs and internships and organizes an annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair to provide representatives from public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and business and industry an opportunity to connect with top undergraduate and graduate students.