Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary field that attempts to understand and address the diverse environmental changes in our world and work to create a positive change.

In the past 150 years, our society has developed new technologies leading to longer life spans, increased communication capacities, and increased yields in agriculture. Unfortunately, the effects of these advances continue to be countered by the depletion of natural resources and changes in nutrient cycling, biological diversity, atmospheric composition, and climate.

The goal of the environmental studies curriculum is to prepare students for a career in a diverse spectrum of environmental employment positions ranging from research scientist to writer to educator to political lobbyist, while developing a conscientious concern for the world in which we live.

The major is strongly interdisciplinary, requiring a core of science courses but encouraging exploration of the arts, political science, economics, education, writing, and other fields.

Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Environmental Science
Related Major and Minor: Biology
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Student BRITTNEY CARROLL stands in a field of flowers.

BRITTNEY CARROLL

Brittney ’17 is an environmental studies major and a biology minor. Brittney enjoys studying in the Wesleyan arboretum and knows her future work will be in the natural world, which might include helping animals or conserving our natural resources.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES EXCEPTIONAL

Three chief factors make this major a standout: an award-winning arboretum, one-on-one research with faculty, and a course of study that breaks free of conventional departmental boundaries. Half of the campus footprint, the Wesleyan Arboretum is a living laboratory for outdoor education and ecological research, but it’s also a place for recreation, creative inspiration, and personal renewal. Student researchers work closely with the faculty on environmentally relevant projects. Recent projects investigated lead (Pb) concentrations in turtle bones, water samples from central Georgia, and the role of the arboretum in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Enviromental Studies students collect data in the Arboretum.

 

Outside The Classroom

Learning is more than just a classroom phenomenon at Wesleyan. Students in the environmental studies major and environmental science minor gain research and environmental education experience through the college internship program, independent research conducted with faculty, or study abroad opportunities. The 104-acre Wesleyan College Arboretum offers numerous volunteer and research opportunities, especially in the areas of ecological restoration and outdoor education.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES GRADUATES FIND JOBS IN THEIR FIELD:

Len Foote Hike Inn in the north Georgia mountains; Bird Banding Lab at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Maryland; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Others are furthering their studies at

prestigious graduate schools like University of Maryland, University of Freiburg (Germany), and Northwestern University.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH AN ES MAJOR

POLICY Analyst

Helps governments, companies, and the public understand the human impact on the natural world.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST

Studies the characteristics and habitats of animals to reduce negative interactions between wildlife and human beings.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Performs analysis on environmental changes including global warming, biodiversity, renewable energy, pollution, environmental policy, health issues, and sustainability.

ATTORNEY

Environmental attorneys uphold regulations and advocate for new policies related to clean water and air, global warming, land use, and other environmental themes.

LOBByist

Persuades politicians to pass laws, policies, and regulations for a cleaner environment. Duties include representing clients at media events, preparing press releases and informational literature, and testifying at public court hearings.

PLANNER

Environmental planners are responsible for developing plans for land use in urban and rural areas while balancing social, economic, and environmental issues.

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