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Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science

Environmental Studies

Overview

Environmental science is a growing field in both the public and private sectors. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science at St. John’s University will prepare you for opportunities in a rapidly evolving global community. 

This interdisciplinary program, which is grounded in St. John’s Vincentian Mission, helps you acquire the skills you need to solve today’s complex environmental problems. Environmental catastrophes disproportionately affect poor people in underdeveloped regions. As a graduate of the B.S. in Environmental Science, you will be a leader in remedying these issues. 

As an Environmental Science major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate programs in the School of Education.

Contact

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Program Director
Professor, Biological Sciences
(718) 990-5558
[email protected]

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Admission

For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.

Courses

To earn the B.S. in Environmental Science, you complete the major sequence and 19 elective credits in addition to your core requirements.

You must complete all of the following:

  • BIO 1000; 1000L Fundamentals of Biology I: Introduction to Population Biology; Laboratory
  • BIO 2000; 2000L Fundamentals of Biology II: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology; Laboratory
  • BIO 3000; 3000L Fundamentals of Biology III: Introduction to Organismic Biology; Laboratory
  • CHE 1210; 1220 General Chemistry I: II
  • ESP 1010 Introduction to Ecological Principles
  • ESP 4990 Environmental Analysis Senior Seminar
  • GEO 2001 Natural Resources and World Development

You must also complete two math courses from among the following:

  • MTH 1210; 1220 Bio-Statistics; Calculus with Biological Applications
  • MTH 1730; 1740 University Calculus I; II

You may choose from among the following:

  • ANT 1010 Introduction to Anthropology: Cultural
  • ANT 1020 Introduction to Anthropology: Physical
  • ANT 1030 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 1120 Human Ecology
  • ANT 4270 Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methods
  • ANT 4820 Archaeological Fieldwork
  • BIO 2280 General Microbiology
  • BIO 2310 Botany
  • BIO 3300 General Physiology
  • BIO 3370 Ecology
  • CHE 2230; 2240 Organic Chemistry: Laboratory and Recitation
  • CHE 3250 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHE 3420 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHE 3431 Methods in Environmental Chemistry
  • ESP 1020  Methods of Environmental Analysis - Practicum
  • ESP 2110 The Coastal Environment
  • ESP 2150 Concepts and Practices of Environmental Education
  • ESP 2160 American Environmental Politics and Policies
  • ESP 2170 Global Environmental Politics and Policies
  • ESP 2410 Principles and Practices of Sustainable Development
  • ESP 2500 Environmental Management, Regulation and Decision Making
  • ESP 2510 Aquatic Ecology
  • ESP 3320 Resource Management
  • ESP 3480 Environmental Geology
  • ESP 4903; 4906 Environmental Studies Program Internship
  • ESP 4953; 4954 Research in Environmental Studies
  • GEO 1001  World Geography
  • GEO 1002  North American Geography
  • GEO 2002  Special Issues in Conservation Biology
  • GOV 2500  Environmental and Public Law
  • PHI 3720 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 3800 Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 3810 Philosophy of Physical Sciences
  • PHY 1080 Our Planet
  • PHY 1090 The Science of Weather
  • PHY 1120 Energy and Environment
  • PHY 1220  Planet Earth-Form and Structure
  • PHY 1610; 1620 College Physics I; II

Career Outcomes

Sustainability is a growing field in both the private and public sectors, with job opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As a graduate with an B.S. in Environmental Science, you will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community, directly related to the vision and mission of St. John’s.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the job outlook for environmental scientists and specialists will grow by 11 percent (faster than average) through 2024. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies environmental Science as one of the top five projected highest paid mathematics and science majors at the master’s degree level. Coupled with projected growth in “green” jobs, this data shows that the B.S. in Environmental Science is a key opportunity for students interested in environmental sustainability.

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural and social sciences to protect human and environmental health. Some act as researchers analyzing environmental problems and developing solutions. Others work at the policy level in governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Still others work in the private sector for consulting firms that help companies comply with regulations and policies.

Whether your focus is in science or policy, the B.S. in Environmental Science will help you develop the knowledge base, professional experience, and background in research to achieve your individual career goals.

Global Approach to Education

St. John’s offers an international academic experience through study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at the University’s Rome, Italy campus and Paris, France location. For more information about studying abroad, please visit Global Education

Additional Information

In addition to the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty on research projects, you may develop academically and professionally by joining the available student clubs, organizations, and honor societies pertaining to your major.

The Earth Club works to improve the environment and build campus awareness of environmental issues. Club members participate in the University’s Organic Food Garden and help recycle through technologies such as the A500 Rocket® model food composter, which St. John’s is the first university to implement.

Environmental Studies students also gain practical experience from program field trips to Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) Wetlands Nature Preserve and Windmill Pond Ecological Restoration Project, as well as through internships at leading agencies and corporations throughout the metropolitan area.