Environmental Science

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.

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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 *

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

Wheaton Affiliated Programs

A sampling of the most popular programs

Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport

Students learn about the sea by taking courses in Marine Ecology or Oceanography, Maritime History, Literature of the Sea, and Maritime Policy.

The Coastal and Ocean Studies Program

Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole

Students study terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems ecology and microbial ecology with scientists from the MBL’s world renowned Ecosystems Center.

Semester in Environmental Science (SES) Programs

Organization for Tropical Studies
  • Tropical Biology in Costa Rica
  • African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa

Organization for Tropic Studies Programs

School for Field Studies

Semester or summer programs in biology and environmental studies in Australia, British Columbia, West Indies, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Mexico.

School for Field Studies Programs



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