Environmental Science and Studies
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
Preservation of the environment is more important now than it has ever been. Channel your love of and respect for nature into a degree that will open the doors to a rewarding career in the field of environmental science and studies. Our program offers both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science tracks, as well extensive opportunities for field experience, community-based projects and internships.
Stetson's Environmental Science and Studies program is a diverse, interdisciplinary field encompassing art, science and policy which directly relates to agriculture, ecosystems, economics and toxicology. You will work within solid ethical and scientific frameworks to make well-supported decisions to protect natural resources, develop innovative solutions for environmental problems and exhibit bold leadership skills for environmental change.
The BS program involves the study of environmental issues from a natural science perspective with an emphasis on nature conservation. The BA program involves the study of environmental issues from a social science perspective with a focus on policy and culture.
Students have access to the GIS computer lab, field studies laboratory and equipment, G.P.S. and the associated labs and equipment from member departments like biology and chemistry.
Both programs offer internship opportunities.
Learn more about the Environmental Science and Studies Program.
BS in Environmental Science
Natural Resource Conservation
- This track focuses on the protection of species and habitats. Students gain a strong foundation in policy and spatial analysis.
- This track is geared toward students planning to work in agencies or environmental consulting firms. They learn methods of tackling problems of air and water pollution, waste management or renewable energy.
- This track is for students who wish to address land-use issues, demography and other spatial perspectives in careers in planning or in agencies, consulting firms or non-profits.
BA in Environmental Studies
Environmental Policy and Economics
- This track is geared toward students interested in careers in environmental law, policy development, non-profits and planning.
Environmental Art and Communication
- This track is for students who are interested in leading culture change through art, communication and marketing, who plan to pursue careers in non-profits, for-profits and agencies with strong public education goals.
- This track concerns studying the local and global aspects of human cultures as they are defined by the environment. Students in this track intend to pursue careers in non-profits, agencies and foreign service.
The core faculty in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies include geographers, ecologists, a geologist and an environmental attorney and policy specialist. Affiliated faculty who also support the programs come from multiple departments throughout Stetson's campus who focus on natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Our departmental and affiliated faculty are involved in diverse projects including greenhouse gas auditing, community planning for sea level rise, indigenous cultural conservation, the economics of water use, biography of historic conservation leaders, the ecology and hydrology of Florida springs, paleoclimate studies, native plant ecology, marine ecology, herpetology, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, and energy systems and culture.
- J. Anthony Abbott, PhD, University of Minnesota
- Wendy B. Anderson, PhD, Vanderbilt University
- Jason M. Evans, PhD, University of Florida
- Benjamin Tanner, PhD, University of Tennessee
- Cynthia Bennington, PhD, West Virginia University
- Paul Croce, PhD, Brown University
- Terry Farrell, PhD, Oregon State University
- Melissa Gibbs, PhD, University of Delaware
- W. Tandy Grubbs, PhD, Duke University
- Melinda Hall, PhD, Vanderbilt University
- Peter May, PhD, University of Florida
- Mary Pollock, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
- Kimberly Reiter, PhD, University of Virginia
- Kirsten Work, PhD, University of Oklahoma
- John York, PhD, University of Minnesota
As a major in either environmental science or environmental studies, you will have opportunities at a number of different natural resource agencies, firms and private industries.
Federal, State and County Natural Resource Agencies
- Environmental Protection Agency
- National Park Service
- Forest Service
- Geologic Survey
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Bureau of Land Management
- State Park and Environmental agencies
- County Natural Resource programs
Environmental and Engineering Consulting Firms
- Most students get hired as either geographic information systems specialists or ecologists.
- Most students get hired as environmental managers or sustainability officers.
Environmental non-profit organizations
Conservation, research and educational missions are included.
- The Nature Conservancy
- Audobon Society
- Ocean Conservancy
- Dolphin Research Center
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Environmental Advocacy Groups
- Sierra Club
Environmental Policy Development
Environmental Communication, Journalism and Art
K-12 Public and Private Environmental Education
- This includes research and academic instruction.
The two directions offered by the environmental science and studies program prepare graduates for outcomes that will lead into the environmental and climate science field and the environmental and climate policy sectors. Not surprisingly, given our rapidly changing world, there is increased demand across multiple sectors for graduates with a background in environmental science.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.
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