Environmental Science

Environmental Science Program Overview

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:

  • Pollution
  • Conservation
  • 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.

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The BS 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
  • Capstone course
  • Optional active research courses working with a team or on independent projects

Review complete degree requirements and course descriptions in the College Catalog.

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 BS 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:

  • Foundations of Ecology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Statistics
  • Genetics
  • Plant Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology

Division Chair

Christopher J. Pappas 


Full-Time Faculty


Adjunct Faculty

  • Andres Botero
  • Laura Feinblum
  • Volodia Georgiev
  • Lucia Maestro Martinez


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.

  • Environmental Science Honor Society
  • BIO 3996: Team Biology Research
  • BIO 3997: Independent Biology Research

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If you’re excited to study science in college, other Manhattanville bachelor’s degree programs may match your educational and professional goals:

Graduate Studies
For students who are interested in furthering their career possibilities in the intersection between public health and environmental science, Manhattanville’s MS in Biomedical Sciences provides further opportunities to contribute to medical research.

Undergraduate Minor
Broaden your depth of knowledge with a Manhattanville minor in a complementary discipline such as:

  • Nutrition
  • Biology

Ninety-eight percent of Manhattanville University students receive some form of financial aid, from scholarships to grants and work-study programs. Find complete financial aid information. Review admissions requirements to learn about the admissions process.

Apply for the BS in Environmental Science

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.

If you’re interested in the environmental science major, get started by requesting further information or scheduling a campus visit. Or, begin your application today.