Adam Ziegler ’21 Conducts Research on Effects of Climate Change

Stonehill’s Adam Ziegler ’21 spent this summer conducting research aimed at protecting and ensuring the future of a rare coral wilderness through a SEA Semester summer program.

Program Options Provide Career Flexibility

Students interested in environmental issues have three degree options available to them. The bachelor of science in environmental science degree is weighted toward the natural sciences, while the bachelor of arts in environmental studies degree focuses on the social sciences and humanities.

Stonehill also offers a 3+2 Engineering program in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame. Students in the program receive a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stonehill College and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Students have the opportunity to tailor their degree to suit their career and personal goals through course selection, internships, direct studies and research with faculty members.

Degree Options

The B.S. in Environmental Science is a degree designed to prepare students for entry-level work as environmental scientists and graduate programs in environmental science or environmental management. Twenty courses are required: sixteen in natural science/mathematics (including the senior capstone), two in the humanities/social sciences, and two integrative seminars (an environmental Learning Community seminar and a senior seminar taken concurrently with the senior capstone).

The B.A. in Environmental Studies degree provides emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. This degree serves as solid preparation for entry-level work in the non-science areas of the environmental field, as well as for admission into graduate school in such areas (environmental policy, management, sustainability, etc.). Thirteen courses are required, including five courses in natural sciences and five courses in the social sciences/humanities. The last course remains the senior capstone, which will now include a new one-credit senior seminar.

The Environmental Sciences & Studies minor provides introductory knowledge in the environmental field, as well as the opportunity to connect the program to one’s major. The minor requires six courses.

Stonehill offers an Engineering program in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame.

Students in the 3+2 Engineering Program can receive a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stonehill College and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

Seeing my professors and what their passions are and seeing how much fun they are having and how much they enjoy what they are doing inspires me to find what my passions are.

Campus Resources

Shields Science Center

The Shields Science Center is a $34 million, 89,000-square-footstate-of-the-art science center where students use equipment normally available only to graduate students.

Environmental Awareness Groups

Environmental Stewardship Council

Made up of representatives from across campus including students and faculty, ESC is charged with developing, recommending and maintaining a series of sustainability goals and improving the effort to reduce Stonehill’s carbon footprint.

Food Truth

An organization dedicated to pursuing change related to the social and ecological dimensions of food.

Students for Environmental Action

SEA promotes the awareness of environmental issues that affect both the Stonehill Community and the global environment.

Stonehill Enactus

Stonehill Enactus works to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the use of business principles and business models. The club promotes the awareness of business opportunities to address and solve social problems by creating outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living.

Career Outcomes

Stonehill’s graduates go on to work at a range of notable organizations. Continue exploring where our graduates work. 

Alexis “Ali” Johnson ’16, SEA Semester in New Zealand

Sample Courses

Research Methods in Environmental Science (WID)

ENV 201
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and practice the research skills required of today's environmental scientists. Working in the lab and field, students will learn to safely identify, collect, analyze and report on key variables from a variety of environmental systems including rivers, forests and wetlands.

Environmental Ethics

ENV 270
This course considers traditional ethics and contemporary, radical approaches to discern the "good" in human-nature relations. Students engage in collaborative projects that engage the campus in changing behavior to better meet the relevant ethical good.

Coastal Zone Management

ENV 302
Current issues in coastal environmental affairs. Scientific, legal, economic, management, and technical aspects of coastal issues are integrated into problem-solving exercises. History of the degradation and clean-up of Boston Harbor.

Climate Science

ENV 350
An overview of the Earth's climate system, including major physical and chemical components and interactions. Students will acquire the scientific perspective necessary to competently assess issues related to current climate change concerns.

Introduction to Oceanography

This course is designed to be a fundamental introduction to ocean sciences. Students will explore the physical and biological processes that govern the ocean's circulation and marine life. Topics include waves and currents, marine life and ecosystems, tides, beach erosion and the way the ocean is being affected by global climate change.

Kristin C. Burkholder

Kristin C. Burkholder

Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Environmental Sciences & Studies Program Director