Desire to Protect Inspires Environmental Majors

From policy development to scientific testing and research, Stonehill’s Environmental Sciences & Studies Department helps students find a way to make a difference.

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.S. in Environmental Science 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), three in the humanities/social sciences, 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. Course requirements also include completion of a senior capstone and participation in a senior seminar in spring of the senior year.

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.S. in Environmental Science from Stonehill College and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.

As an environmental science major, I now possess all the tools to educate the community and lead the mission to conserve our planet.

Campus Resources

The Farm at Stonehill

The Farm serves as a living classroom to enrich environmental science and studies students’ academic and service endeavors—providing them with a unique opportunity to actively engage in social justice issues pertaining to food in neighboring communities

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.

Career Outcomes

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

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

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.

Wildlife Conservation

ENV 340
Wildlife conservation is one of humanity’s most complex challenges. Making well-informed management decisions that consider both ecological and human dimensions is imperative. In this course we’ll explore the human dimensions of wildlife management - how human values, attitudes, and actions affect biodiversity conservation.

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

ENV 360
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.

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Save Money: Earn Two Degrees in as Little as Four Years

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stonehill College in as little as four years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in education, data analytics or marketing. Stonehill students also receive 20% off for remaining graduate tuition through the Skyhawk Rate.

Contact us with any questions.

Kristin C. Burkholder

Kristin C. Burkholder

Chair of Environmental Sciences & Studies, Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Env. Sciences & Studies