The causes and consequences of environmental problems, and the skills to solve them, are complex. The field of environmental studies/environmental science explores the relationship between humans and the environment. It draws on the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities.
Environmental Studies Major (B.A.)
Environmental studies majors receive a holistic understanding of local, national, and global environmental issues. Core courses ground students in scientific, cultural, historical, and societal perspectives.
Environmental Science Major (B.S.)
Environmental science majors focus on developing scientific and quantitative skills. Both the B.A. and B.S. require an internship or service project.
Environmental Studies Minor
This minor meets the core requirements of the major and is geared toward politics and policies.
What You'll Learn
I have had the opportunity to count migratory birds, apply economic theories to natural resources, philosophize about the ethics surrounding environmental issues, and even design a georeferenced map using GIS software.Macy Carman, M.P.A., Columbia University, now a development associate for the Southern Environmental Law Center
Saving Species from Extinction
I focused my course work on ecology, conservation biology, and animal behavior. My hope is to apply what I have learned to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction. Through my connections at Hollins, I had fantastic internship experiences, one of which was with the International Primate Protection League, working with endangered primates every day.Blair St. Ledger-Olson, currently working on her M.A. in environmental science at the University of Virginia
Tackling Climate Change
After I looked into the environmental studies major here I was instantly hooked. The introductory course, Environmental Science, lays out a wide range of areas such as habitat loss, extinction, and climate change—urgent issues we are facing today. After this course my interest in the environment and climate change only intensified.Mya Jackson