Environmental Science

Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science

Environmental Studies
120 Credits

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Environmental Science program integrates coursework from across the sciences, humanities, history, and government and politics, among others. The program allows you to create your own specialized major around the theme of environmental studies. We offer a cohort of passionate professors from many different disciplines, all of whom feel strongly about improving human interactions with the environment. Increasing pressure on the environment, which affects every aspect of our lives, has led to a fast-growing job market for graduates trained in environmental issues.


Dianella G. Howarth, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director
[email protected] 

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


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

Major Sequence

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

Opportunities for professionals with a background in environmental issues continue to grow in government at every level, businesses large and small, industry of every kind, and institutions of every design. Graduates with a degree in environmental studies may pursue careers as scientists, engineers, writers, journalists, business entrepreneurs, community organizers, social scientists, urban and regional planners, attorneys, educators, public health experts, and park or museum curators and managers, to name a few.

Students who graduate from the B.S. program in Environmental Science develop the speaking, writing, research, and analytical skills necessary for describing, reporting, and solving environmental problems. Practical experience gained through volunteer work and internships, as well as mentorship from faculty and networking opportunities will help you position yourself for careers related to this field.

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.