Environmental Science

The demands of the growing human population are putting increasing environmental pressures on the planet. Environmental scientists must accurately identify and clearly articulate these challenges so that individuals and governments can take action.

We offer both a major (BS) and a minor in environmental science.

A student studies a rock specimen

What Will I Study?

Biology, forestry, ecology, hydrology, geology, and meteorology are just some of the subjects in this multifaceted course of study.

Environmental Science majors work closely on research projects and internships with professors, as well as with professionals, in a variety of settings, including our 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Lots of opportunities are available to Environmental Science majors including:

  • Government agencies
  • Commercial environmental laboratories
  • Private consulting firms
  • Teaching
  • Industry

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Outreach Coordinator, Cacapon Institute, High View, West Virginia
  • Professional Naturalist Fellow at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota
  • Meterologist, Bahamas Weather Service
  • Hydrological Technician, U.S. Geological Survey
  • NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Staff Professional at HDR, Inc., Vienna, Virginia
  • Conservation Specialist, James River Soil and Water Conservation District, Prince George, Virginia

To find out more about what some of our graduates are doing and to read more about the Environmental Science Program, see Dr. Perault's Environmental Science page.

Alumni in Action

Alumna Kate Skaggs ’06, an environmental science major and Westover Fellow, is helping find ways to deal with rising sea levels. Read her story.