The environmental science major at Manhattanville College focuses on understanding the ways in which humans interact with the natural world.
In the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science program, you’ll be exposed to many facets of the field, from the human behavioral, cultural, and sociological interactions that affect the environment to how policies, regulations, and decision-makers influence the ecological systems around us.
Through a dedicated focus on research and in-lab experience, our environmental science degree program prepares students for entry-level careers and further graduate education in environmental science and related fields.
If you’re seeking a career path in conservation, environmental research, and beyond, Manhattanville’s environmental science major provides access to up-to-date laboratory facilities, internships, and group or self-directed research projects that foster exploration into areas of the field that interest you.
In this four-year undergraduate program, you’ll explore topics like:
Environmental social movements
Sociological aspects of climate change
The blend of expert classroom instruction and skill-building laboratory components ensures graduates understand foundational scientific principles and can apply research methods and quantitative skills in future careers as environmental technicians and scientists, as well as in future master’s degree programs.
Requirements and Outcomes
The B.S. in Environmental Science incorporates core topics in ecology, chemistry, and biology alongside a well-rounded general education curriculum.
In addition to taking courses building necessary laboratory skills, you’ll choose electives that offer a deeper understanding of the discipline and complete your education with a capstone course supporting career development.
Requirements for the environmental science major include:
27 credits in environmental science major courses
One co-requisite course in scientific math applications
Four environmental science electives of choice
Optional active research courses working with a team or on independent projects
The environmental science curriculum covers critical issues and ecological concepts, both in how ecosystems function and how they are affected by human activities. Supported by the necessary scientific and mathematical foundations and general education requirements, graduates of the B.S. in Environmental Science will be able to:
Write clear, concise research papers with well-constructed hypotheses, scientific methodology (introduction, methods, results, and conclusions), correct in-text citation, and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and evaluate and apply information in these sources to a specific research question or topic.
Make oral presentations confidently and professionally to an audience of their peers, mentors, and colleagues.
Understand quantitative reasoning as it applies to learning skills in the environmental sciences, understanding the process of the scientific method, and implementing this in their laboratory and class projects at the introductory level as well as in advanced biology electives.
Environmental Science Courses
The environmental science major contains courses that impart the essential theories and practices of the discipline. You may take courses like:
Manhattanville’s robust research program allows environmental science majors to gain valuable work experience in on-campus teaching laboratories, solidifying their ability to thrive in future academic and professional pursuits.
Through working on long- or short-term research initiatives with faculty and peers, you may even get the opportunity to present your findings at conferences locally, regionally, or nationally. Students have even published their projects in peer-reviewed journals.
Learn how to apply the science you learn in the field through community service projects and other opportunities.
For students who are interested in furthering their career possibilities in the intersection between public health and environmental science, Manhattanville’s M.S. in Biomedical Sciences provides further opportunities to contribute to medical research.
Broaden your depth of knowledge with a Manhattanville minor in a complementary discipline such as:
Manhattanville’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program provides opportunities to apply broad environmental and ecological knowledge through hands-on laboratory experiences and resume-building research opportunities.