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Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science

Environmental Science
120 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The interdisciplinary 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.


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


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 help students position themselves for careers related to this field.

Global Approach to Education

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

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In addition to the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty on research projects, students in the Environmental Studies program may develop academically and professionally by joining the available student clubs, organizations, and honor societies pertaining to their 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. For more information about these sites and specific internship opportunities, please contact the program director, Dianella G. Howarth.

Program News

Three alumni have achieved success by pursuing their passions for sustainability and environmental preservation. Michael Andranovich ‘16C, Joseph Costa ‘17C, and Kimarie Yap ‘18C have all pursued...