Why Environmental Studies?
- Careers in environmental studies are one of the top nine careers with a future, according to US News and World Report.
- Gain interdisciplinary knowledge needed to tackle complex environmental challenges facing the world today.
- Inquiry-based teaching methods provide hands-on learning
- Interdisciplinary approach gives you a range of skills to tackle environmental issues
- College-wide mission to improve the lives of children and families
- Opportunities to collaborate with other student and faculty through the COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment
The Environmental Studies Major offers you a degree with the flexibility to explore the social, cultural, and scientific issues behind environmental issues and sustainability. As the population of the world grows, demands for energy, water, and food increase. These needs, in addition to changes in climate, promise to be defining issues of the century.
Environmental Studies Program Overview
In addition to core courses in the natural sciences, you will also take courses in a variety of disciplines, such as math, health, food, energy, biodiversity history, or policy. This interdisciplinary approach will enable you to relate abstract concepts in the natural sciences to real-world issues. You will utilize problem solving skills to examine complex issues and you will develop strong communication skills as you articulate your viewpoint to others.
Sample work settings may include aquariums, schools and colleges, consulting firms, nature conservatories, ski resorts, farms, newspapers and magazines, utility companies, nonprofit organizations, national parks, grassroots organizations, or zoos.
This major can be a standalone or combined with other Professional and Arts and Sciences majors and minors. You may also minor in Sustainability with courses at Wheelock and through the Colleges of the Fenway consortium.
- Introduction to Environmental Challenges
- Environmental Impacts
- Natural Disasters
- Probability and Statistics
- COF Environmental Forum
- Courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Skills You'll Learn
- Ability to make connections among science and non-science disciplines
- Creative problem solving for complex environmental issues
- Communication skills
- Animal conservationist
- Aquarium keeper
- Ecotour guide
- Environmental educator
- Environmental journalist
- Environmental lobbyist
- Grassroots organizer
- Marine mammal trainer
- Park ranger
- Recycling coordinator
- Wildlife rescuer
Students interested in pursuing advanced degrees may do so in environmental law, or environmental-related fields such as environmental science, environmental policy, or sustainability.