The program in environmental studies is designed to allow students with an interest in environmental issues to pursue the study of the complex relationship between human beings and the natural environment in a systematic way. An individual completing a major or minor in environmental studies should develop a fundamental understanding of the scientific principles underlying the dynamics of ecosystems and become familiar with the historical, socio-political and economic factors that have shaped many of our current environmental dilemmas. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement academic work at Knox with field experiences in such ACM programs as the Costa Rica Tropical Field Research program, or the Oak Ridge Science Semester.