Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Program on the Environment (PoE) at UW! I have had the tremendous privilege of working with amazing PoE undergraduate students since 2010 as a lecturer and I am honored to serve as our Acting Director at present. I am continually impressed with the students, faculty and staff in this program and am excited to come to work here every day.

At PoE, we specialize in bringing people together to work for an equitable and sustainable future. Our undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies empowers students to make the world a better place, and demand for well-trained professionals who can address challenging environmental issues has never been stronger.

Program on the Environment helps create community across campus. We are housed within the College of the Environment, and we work broadly with many units and departments to bring quality educational opportunities to undergraduates at the University of Washington.

Our undergraduate degree program has a rich history of producing leaders who enter the workforce and bring about positive change. If you are passionate about making your portion of our planet safer, fairer and more resilient, then the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies might be right for you.

We are known for our excellent teaching faculty, committed staff, and passionate students, as well as our location in the heart of a “natural laboratory” in the Pacific Northwest. Situated between the Cascade Mountains to the east, the shores of Puget Sound to the west, Vancouver, British Columbia to the north, and Portland, Oregon to the south, the Seattle area provides a unique setting in which to study the environment. Students interested in everything from food systems to urban development, ecosystem restoration to sustainability, can be out in the field within minutes from campus.

PoE provides an opportunity to design a course of study that meets your needs and interests. Browse our website, give us a call, or better yet, pay us a visit!

We look forward to meeting you.

Kristi Straus
Acting Director, Program on the Environment