Department of Environmental Science

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The Environmental Science Department creates inclusive learning communities that focus on developing scholarship and research about our earth, natural environment, and the interaction between human and natural systems. We offer three unique programs of study—the BS in environmental science, the environmental science minor, BS in environmental sustainability, and the BA in earth science. In these programs, students are mentored so that they develop the skills needed to achieve academic excellence and become the next generation of scientists, educators, informed citizens, and real-world problem solvers. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Environmental Science
    The BS in environmental science program deals with the interaction of humans and their environment from the primary perspective of the natural sciences. The program includes basic courses in the natural sciences and more advanced courses relating the natural sciences to environmental concerns. The program is structured so that the student gains a holistic perspective on the environment. The program's capstone course is Senior Practicum in which students use their training in a real case study to broaden their understanding of a specific environmental problem.
  • BA in Earth Science
    The BA in earth science major is designed for students who wish to apply to the K-12 teacher preparation program in which a double major in education is required. Students must complete a sequence of education courses offered by the College of Education in order to achieve licensure. Earth science is an integral part of instruction in the K-12 classroom as defined by the New Jersey Core Content Science Standards.
  • BS in Environmental Sustainability
    The BS in environmental sustainability program consists of interdisciplinary studies of the sciences, society and politics, and human health as they relate to environmental problems. The program includes the basic courses found in a traditional environmental science degree and advanced courses pertaining to the formation, development, and management of environmental resources.
  • BA in Integrated Math & Science - Environmental Science
    A BA in environmental science gives students a broad knowledge in the fields of geology, ecology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Students must also complete requisite courses in calculus and statistics. This broad foundational knowledge is ideal for students pursuing a career in science education at the secondary level, but is also useful for graduate studies and careers in environmental sciences.
  • Minor in Environmental Science
    An 18-credit minor in environmental science is available for non-majors.
BA in Environmental Science
With a bachelor's degree in environmental science, a student is prepared for entry-level positions in research, manufacturing, sales, and management. Potential employers include governmental agencies, private consulting firms, and industries dealing with environmental problems. Students are prepared to continue their education at the post-baccalaureate level.

BS in Environmental Sustainability
Upon completion of the environmental sustainability program, students will be prepared with the interdisciplinary skill sets of communication, management, systems analysis, and compliance needed for a career in environmental sustainability. Graduates will be able to meet the growing demands in academic, business, and governmental sectors concentrating on sustainable economic development. The BS in environmental sustainability degree allows students to be well versed in the roles of politics, law, economics, and culture that influence decisions and practices in all sectors.

Environmental Science

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Department Spotlight

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Randall Sanders '16 participated in a project to use Great Falls National Historical Park as a resource to develop science curriculum for Paterson public schools. This project helped him secure a job as a science teacher at Passaic Valley Regional High School.

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Department Spotlight

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Sirena Adessa, Sustainability major, worked with the Hackensack Riverkeepers this summer for her Field Experience requirement. In her internship she worked as a paddling tour guide, and contributed to corporate and school river cleanups.

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Department Spotlight

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My name is Eric Howard and last summer I completed my 125hr internship with New Logic Marine Science Camp. This was a great opportunity to get students interested in marine science by observing the local wildlife. I taught a lesson on fossils and plate tectonics to show how life on Earth has changed over time. I would recommend this internship for any future teachers pursuing a career in education.

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Department Spotlight

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Plant sampling at the gravity sludge thickener tanks on site at Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. Sludge is pulled from water allowing water to be treated and released back into the environment, whereas the sludge is heated until biologically inactive and then used as covering for a landfill.

Kevin Ciesla

B.S. of Environmental Sustainability

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Department Spotlight

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Aimee Aquino worked with the Student Conservation Association this past summer helping to protect sea turtles at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina.

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Department Spotlight

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Jess Geary at the Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, as a volunteer interpretive intern with the Student Conservation Association.

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Department Spotlight

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Jackie Castillo '17 My experience at the New Weis Center in Ringwood NJ, was a memorable and enlightening. During my time there I learned many valuable things such as; how to run a non-profit as well as managing it, skills pertaining to maintaining specific types of gardens, invasive plant removal techniques, and building of a rain garden.