Dr. Tami Ransom, Chair
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The Department of Environmental Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies. This course of study integrates courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to give students the tools they need to examine complex environmental issues in depth and assess them from a variety of perspectives. The program combines a solid academic foundation with extensive experiential learning opportunities. Frequent opportunities for research and community engagement provide environmental studies graduates with a substantial foundation for further graduate study or meaningful careers in environmental fields, ranging from land and resource management, to pollution abatement and control, to environmental sustainability in businesses, to environmental advocacy and education, among many other options.
The curriculum requires that students complete an interdisciplinary core of courses as well as environmental electives from departments across campus. Students are required to take an experiential course (an internship, research or study abroad) and to complete a minor in a related field. Courses emphasize experiential learning and field work, as appropriate. Out of the classroom, there’s no better-situated university on the East Coast for study of the interactions between natural and social systems. The Chesapeake region and the Eastern Shore are an extension of the classroom, as students can explore some of the mid-Atlantic’s most intact river systems; study coastal barrier islands; visit major wildlife refuges; observe working watermen’s communities; investigate close to a hundred thousand acres of wetlands; study some of the nation’s largest urban areas; and within a three hour radius visit the capitals of two states or Washington D.C.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsUndergraduate Minors