Bachelor in Environmental Science
It’s in the Nature of Things
Combine your passion for the natural world with biogeochemistry, biology, chemistry, and ecology to address and solve issues between humans and the environment.
The Environment – Down to a Science
Gain advanced scientific and quantitative understanding of contemporary environmental issues with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. Couple your broad scientific knowledge with a specialization in one of six concentrations in aquatic science, conservation biology, food and agriculture, sustainable systems, teaching in the outdoors or writing for the environment.
Take advantage of research opportunities in the region's many lakes and rivers, forests and mountain ranges, or walk outside of your residence hall to the campus pond, fields, maple sugar house, permaculture garden and tree nursery, or 86-acre certified tree farm. Combine your classroom and laboratory learning with field studies courses in the Colorado River basin, the desert Southwest, the island community of Martha’s Vineyard or the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Pair your scientific understanding of the environment with the knowledge and skills employers seek by collaborating with peers, faculty and environmental experts on sustainability initiatives and research projects. Partner with classmates to conduct in-depth fieldwork and extended site visits during a team-driven, comprehensive community-based research project. Enhance your individual research skills with an independent research project that familiarizes you with quantitative and qualitative inquiry methods, and demonstrate the depth and wealth of your knowledge with a senior Capstone project.
Essential skills developed on campus in the water-quality and ecology laboratories, featuring geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), will help you move from college into a variety of job possibilities including wildlife biologist, ecologist, geologist, conservation officer, GIS/GPS specialist, natural resources manager, researcher and water quality assessor. Or, pursue graduate studies in any number of environmentally related fields.
Walking Our Talk
Environmental stewardship is practiced every day on the Colby-Sawyer campus. You can see it in the spinning blades of the wind turbine, as the solar arrays soak up the sun, on the locally sourced dining menu, and through our affiliations with organizations committed to environmental advocacy. Read more about the student-developed climate commitment that pledges the campus to carbon neutrality by 2050.
Where in the world will you make a difference?
You care about the natural world and you are passionate about protecting it. You are an advocate for the Earth and its resources. With a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainability, environmental science or environmental studies you will have the knowledge and skills that it takes to make a difference in your little corner of the world and beyond.
Internships Help You Find a Good Fit
With the support of a faculty adviser, your self-selected internship means you can learn from experienced environmental experts like analysts, auditors, conservation officers, educators, naturalists, attorneys, project and program managers, scientists and stewards. It’s your chance to find the career that feels like a good fit for you.
Into the Workplace and the World
You’ve connected all the dots. You understand how the environment and sustainability effect ecology, business, ethics, psychology, and sociology. You know how to work effectively on a team. You can evaluate and communicate information effectively and responsibly while considering diverse perspectives to complex subjects. It’s time to take your skills, knowledge, and passion out into the world to make your mark.
Room to Grow
Affiliation agreements mean you have options for continuing your education following graduation. You can move directly into a sustainability-focused graduate program at Green Mountain College or explore Colby-Sawyer's other graduate program agreements with Plymouth State University, Springfield College, University of New Haven and Wheelock College.
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Last updated February 11, 2018