Environmental Studies
Offered by the Biology department.

You can take your passion for the planet to a variety of fields: business, communications, healthcare, government, law, travel and tourism, and many more. If your future career goals are driven by the future of the world around (and under!) us, an environmental studies minor is an ideal companion to your major area of study. You’ll explore the environment through multiple perspectives, from learning about plants and organisms living in our wetlands and waterways to how human evolution, social movements, and globalization affect where and how we live.

For more information, contact Scott Shumway, coordinator.

Program

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

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.

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.

Hannah Greene

2020, Environmental Science

Merit Scholarship

Faculty-led Geology Trip, Reykjavik, Iceland

This experience reaffirmed my passion for studies relating to how changing climatic and environmental conditions will affect the livelihood of flora, fauna, and humanity. It also showed me that I am more interested in biological and chemical research than studies related to physics, and that I thoroughly enjoy fieldwork and working outside with others.

Faculty

Jessie Knowlton

Assistant Professor of Biology

Scott W. Shumway

Bojan Jennings Professor of Biology; Program Coordinator of Environmental Studies