Environmental Studies

An environmental studies class does research at a local riverEnvironmental protection, conservation, and sustainability are becoming increasingly important as human activity continues to put stress on the natural world. Our graduates are finding ways to effectively protect environmental resources.

We offer both a major (BA) and a minor in environmental studies.

What Will I Study?

Natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, and business are just some of the topics covered in this multidisciplinary major.

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

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Environmental Studies majors are landing in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Environmental protection
  • Conservation
  • Government agencies
  • Teaching
  • Industry

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • CoastSmart Communities Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Field Instructor, Ashoken Center, Olivebridge, New York
  • Graduate Student, Virginia Commonwealth University

Making a Difference

Nels Erickson"My senior project involved developing a climate action plan for LC. I presented ideas from this plan at the Virginia Environment Symposium, which brings students, faculty, industry, and government agencies together."

Nels Erickson '12, environmental studies major