Environmental Science
Offered by the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy departments.

Science-minded global citizens flourish in fields like conservation, forestry, community planning, wildlife protection, natural resources management, and environmental policy. Discover the challenges facing planet Earth—and ways to address them—with a major in environmental science. Our students explore woodlands and wetlands near campus, immerse themselves in climate research, and take their studies abroad—or aboard, if marine ecology is calling. Intern at a national park, aquarium, or with the EPA, and apply for a fellowship to fund your travel or research. Dive deeper into an area of interest with a concentration in biology, chemistry, or geoscience.



Jani Benoit

Professor of Chemistry

Geoffrey Collins

Professor of Geology

Matthew J. Evans

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geology; Chair, Department of Chemistry

Jason C. Goodman

Associate Professor of Physics; Chair of the Department of Physics

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Jessie Knowlton

Assistant Professor of Biology

Scott W. Shumway

Bojan Jennings Professor of Biology; Chair, Biology Department


Dylan Marat

2020, Environmental Science

Martha Van Cott Singdahlsen '57 Wheaton Fund Career Exploration Fund

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Welfleet, MA

This internship allowed me to use skills that I have learned in my environmental science classes in the field. Practicing these skills will be very important for the work I would like to do after college.

Melissa Jernakoff

2021, Environmental Science

Davis International Fellowship

Wheaton College Biology Department, Fieldwork with Professor Jessie Knowlton, Cuenca, Ecuador

This experience gave me a chance to practice the skills that I learned in the classroom and need for a future career, while working on a research project out in the field.

Sydney Evans

2021, Creative Writing, Environmental Science

Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Wheaton College, Norton, MA

I worked in a research lab environment and immersed myself in scientific data pertaining to geology and planetary science. I learned to use new software and gained digital editing skills that will help me if I continue working with figure-making and scientific publishing.

Michael Daring

2020, Environmental Science

NICE Internship Fund

Land Preservation Society of Norton Inc., Norton, MA

The internship really affirmed what I want to do in a professional environment, and it demonstrated for me the mixture of fieldwork and computer work that I am aiming for in a career.

Rachel Crafford

2020, Anthropology, Environmental Science

Davis International Fellowship

Wheaton College Biology Department, Fieldwork with Professor Jessie Knowlton, Cuenca, Ecuador

I learned that not only can I conduct fieldwork focused on conservation research but I also can design and implement the conservation project itself—creating a schedule for work, maximizing data gathering and rolling with the ever-changing weather conditions of the Andes mountains.

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96% of Environmental Science majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Environmental Science majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Biological Science Technician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Chemistry Technician, Smithers Viscient
  • Environmental Scientist, Tyree Environmental
  • Senior Laboratory Technician, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Service Technician, Novartis

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 67% for the classes of 2014-2018