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.
For more information contact:
- Biology: Jessie Knowlton, Coordinator
- Chemistry: Jani Benoit or Matt Evans
- Geoscience: Geoffrey Collins or Matt Evans
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 *
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
Field Study Opportunities Abroad
Faculty-led Short Programs
From the Amazon to Iceland, students in the environmental science program have the opportunity to take their learning out into the world in faculty-led field studies.
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
The WheaGo Global First-Semester Study Abroad program kick-starts your college career in one of the world’s great cities, immersed in an exciting cultural adventure and focused on your top academic interests.
First semester study in Switzerland
Gain new perspective on the environment by studying the intersection of science, culture and sustainability at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland.
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