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Environmental Science, BS

Environmental Science, BS2018-08-20T15:13:22+00:00

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

OVERVIEW

The environmental science major at Saint Joseph’s prepares students to be stewards of the planet through investigation of the environment and the ecological challenges it faces.

The environmental science degrees integrate a range of scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and geology, around the study of the environment. An important focus of Saint Joseph’s environmental program is on aquatic ecosystems such as Sebago Lake and the nearby Gulf of Maine.

At a Glance

  • Ideal location for field exercises and research opportunities. Situated on the shores of Sebago Lake, Saint Joseph’s surrounding region features lakes, mountains, forests, and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Low student-faculty ratios ensure close interaction with professors.
  • Student involvement in research that prepares students for careers and graduate school.
  • Courses provide broad training needed for a career in science.
  • Numerous specialty courses to pursue individual interests.
  • Opportunity to enroll in the Environmental Science Semester, a semester-long, field-based education experience.
  • Participate in a three-week expeditionary field geology course in Iceland.

CURRICULUM

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science incorporates the principles of biology, chemistry, calculus, ecology, and more. Much of the curriculum is field-based, with opportunities to earn credits through completely off-campus, immersive study. Also available is a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, which has a similarly science-heavy curriculum, though requires two semesters of foreign language study.

Environmental Science Minor

minor in environmental science is available and requires students to take 20 credits.

Sustainability Studies Minor

minor in Sustainability Studies is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

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Meet Our Faculty

SOME OF OUR FACULTY

Camilla Fecteau
Camilla FecteauInstructor, Sciences Dept.
MS, University of Southern Maine
BS, University of Maine at Farmington
Lucas Bernacki
Lucas BernackiAssistant Professor
PhD candidate, University of Vermont
BS, Sacred Heart University

STUDENT STORIES

Haley Batchelder

Haley Batchelder ’19 has been conducting field research on sediment chemistry aboard the Portland Water District’s pontoon boat on Sebago Lake. Watch the video as she talks about the project.

Alana Dougherty

Alana Dougherty ’17, participated in the Environmental Science Semester where she made close connections with her professors. This 24/7 semester immersed her in field work and adaptive techniques.

Nhu Vo

Nhu Vo ’17, a double major in Environmental and Marine Science, starts sustainability values TerraCylcle project on campus. TerraCycle reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills by collecting things that are not usually recyclable and finds a use for them.


STUDENT RESOURCES

Join Tyler Allen ’18 on his Lake Water Quality Research

“I want to be that guy that goes out and takes water samples. I don’t want to be sitting at a desk all day. I just can’t do that. If I could go out on a boat and take water samples and monitor the lakes, then that would be a dream come true.”


CAREER MOVES

Students who major in environmental science will be qualified for professional careers in government (e.g. EPA, DEP), environmental consulting, and conservation.
What Can I Do with This Major?

RELATED PROGRAMS


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION—FUNDED SCIENCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Learn more about how you might qualify for a scholarship in science.


EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Environmental Science Semester (ESS) – students spend the semester immersed in science, traveling from Nova Scotia to the White Mountains to the coast of Maine.