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Environmental Science Major

Explore connections to the natural world

When you major in environmental science, you’ll be part of a program that combines courses from biology and chemistry. Your environmental science degree prepares you for immediate employment in the field or for graduate programs in areas such as environmental engineering, ecology and resource conservation.

You can also add an emphasis (area of focus) in wildlife biology to add depth to the major.

Required Courses Meet the Faculty

You can participate in environmentally-related internships in a variety of settings, including:

  • Local industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham Regional Water and Sewer Authority
  • District offices of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Regional environmental consulting companies

What can you do with your environmental science degree?

You might enter graduate school in such areas as:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Law
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Toxicology

Or pursue a career in:

  • Conservation
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Quality and Consulting
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Water and Wastewater Technology

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of environmental science from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Bridgewater College is a member institution of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester, which is run by George Mason University out of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. In this program, students live on the SCBI campus (a world-class conservation research facility) and learn about the theory and application of conservation biology (including the social, political and economic dimensions). Students participate in one of two 16 credit hour programs: Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices or Applied Conservation Strategies (for any student interested in conservation). Interested students should visit the program’s website ( and contact the biology department or the coordinator of international education. Both programs are appropriate for juniors and seniors. There are no specific prerequisite classes for the Applied Conservation Strategies. That program is open to all majors. The Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices semester has Ecology (BIOL-350) as a prerequisite.

Students are charged Bridgewater’s standard tuition, fees, room and meals for the consortium semester and institutional financial aid from BC is limited to $7,000 for the semester.