The Environmental Studies Program at UNC Asheville prepares students for graduate studies or for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. The department offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three concentrations: earth science, ecology and environmental biology, or environmental management and policy. Individualized options can be developed for students interested in other areas of environmental studies. Integral to all degrees concentrations is an on-the-job internship, which allows students to make connections between academics and organizations involved with environmental issues.