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Environmental Studies

Mills College

48 months
29340 USD/year
29340 USD/year
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Explore the complex interactions between humans and the environment while developing a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences with the Environmental Studies program of Mills College. Become an inspiring and effective advocate for the health of our planet.


About the Environmental Studies Program

The path toward a more sustainable future requires the leadership of professionals trained in a variety of fields. The Environmental Studies program of Mills College will prepare you to inspire change in environmental policy, environmental law, education, sustainable agriculture, food justice, and many other areas.

Our program will challenge you to view the relationship between humans and the biosphere from new perspectives, using a range of critical frameworks. In small, collaborative classes, you’ll develop a multidisciplinary understanding of ecological systems and environmental issues. Students majoring in environmental studies take courses in biology, chemistry, economics, environmental science, and public policy, and have the option of exploring anthropology, sociology, government, and philosophy.

With the support of dedicated faculty, you’ll gain hands-on experience, pose independent research questions, powerfully communicate your ideas to an audience, and write analytically rigorous papers. Our career services office can help you find local internship opportunities. You’ll graduate equipped with the intellectual tools and experience required to address complex environmental problems with keen discernment from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

What Can I Do with an Environmental Studies Degree from Mills?

Environmental studies prepares you to enter careers ranging from policy making to environmental research. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

  • Professor and Director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Landscape Designer/Owner
  • Environmental Officer
  • Coastal Planner
  • Staff Ecologist

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Community & Ecosystem Ecology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Policy Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In addition to submitting standard information, you’ll also share a personal statement and/or response to our supplemental question. The application fee is $50.
  • Official transcripts provide the clearest record of your academic experience and achievement. Non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation. 
  • Mills has a test-optional admission policy. If you feel that your SAT or ACT score is a good indication of your academic ability, we’d love to see it. If not, you don’t have to submit your score.
  • To ensure your academic success at Mills, all non-native English speakers or students who have lived in a non-English speaking culture for three or more years must show proof of English language proficiency.
  • As part of the Mills admission process, you will need to submit a completed Certification of Finances form and official supporting bank documentation.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Oakland

1055 - 1962 USD /month
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