Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

  • 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. Also available is a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, which includes two semesters of foreign language study.

    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. Read more

  • Some of our faculty

    • Gregory J. Teegarden

      Professor of Marine/Environmental Science

      PhD, University of Rhode Island

      MS, University of Maine

      BA, University of Colorado

    • Johan P. Erikson

      Chair of Natural Sciences Department, Associate Professor of Natural Science

      PhD, Dartmouth College

      MS, Stanford University

      AB, Dartmouth College

    • Mark Green

      Professor of Environmental Science

      PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

      MS, SUNY at Stony Brook

      BS, Allegheny College

    Gregory J. Teegarden

    Professor of Marine/Environmental Science

    PhD, University of Rhode Island

    MS, University of Maine

    BA, University of Colorado

    Johan P. Erikson

    Chair of Natural Sciences Department, Associate Professor of Natural Science

    PhD, Dartmouth College

    MS, Stanford University

    AB, Dartmouth College

    Mark Green

    Professor of Environmental Science

    PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

    MS, SUNY at Stony Brook

    BS, Allegheny College

  • Student Stories

    • Chris Pinto, '12

      Chris Pinto ’12 spent his summer interning with the Maine Milfoil Consortium along with fellow student Sonja Kakuca ’11. 

    • Noah Ebel

      You might say Noah Ebel ’12 is passionate about the sciences. He's a double science major with three minors. He's even gone to the top of Mount Washington in February to study acid deposition.


    • Sarah Bakun

      For two summers, Sarah Bakun ’14, environmental science major, worked as a research assistant for Dr. Teegarden. Their work focused on the phytoplankton in Harpswell Sound and Casco Bay that cause red tide and harmful algal blooms.

  • Career Moves

    Students who major in environmental studies will be qualified for professional careers in government (e.g. EPA, DEP), environmental consulting, and conservation.