Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Arts
Vast environmental challenges face society today — including climate change, pollution and sustainability. The ecology of our planet is more important than ever before. At St. John’s University, students gain the academic, research and industry skills needed to succeed in careers related to these challenges.
Through the 126-credit program in Environmental Studies (Social Science), you’ll discover a conservational approach to improving the balance between humans and nature. The program allows students to analyze the moral, political, social and scientific approaches to environmental studies.
Courses combine the applied and social sciences for a complete understanding of the issues and challenges surrounding sustainability efforts. The program covers a broad range of selected science and social science courses, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, geography, geology, Anthropology, Physical Science and more. The B.A. degree emphasizes social sciences and the humanities, with a special focus on philosophical and theological perspectives.Back to top
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Studies are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s.
For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
Admisison Office - Queens Campus
Admission Office - Staten Island campus
Dianella G. Howarth
Director and Associate Professor
All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.Back to top
Global Approach to Education
Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.Back to top
Students majoring in Environmental Studies (Social Science) at St. John's gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of the environmental sciences in relation to social and ethical issues. They learn and are mentored by an enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress.
Environmental Studies majors enhance their education by joining the Earth Club, which works to improve the environment and build campus awareness. Club members participate in the University’s Organic Food Garden and help recycle through technologies such as the A500 Rocket® model food composter technology. St. John’s is the first university to employ this technology.
Environmental Studies students also have access to practical experience with departmental field trips to Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) Wetlands Nature Preserve and Windmill Pond Ecological Restoration Project as well as acclaimed internships at leading agencies and corporations throughout the metropolitan area.
A strong academic and professional edge can be gained by joining any of St. John's other more than 180 student clubs, organizations and honor societies. Organizations of particular interest to Environmental Studies majors include these:
- Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society: Honor society for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology or environmental studies
- Omicron Delta Epsilon: International honor society for economics
- Alpha Zappa Delta: International honor society
The Skull and Circle Honor Society and the Lambda Kappa Phi Honor Society annually select students from St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who combine scholarship, integrity and dedicated service to the St. John's community.
Every student at St. John's benefits from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to the University's award-winning network.
Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service food court.
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