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Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science degree (B.S)
The Environmental Science major serves as preparation for careers in more heavily science-oriented fields; setting up experiments and field studies, making measurements, collecting and analyzing data.
If you are not interested in majoring in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies: A minor is offered in Environmental Studies, and a certificate is offered in Sustainability. The Environmental Studies minor and Sustainability Certificate are perfect if you have your heart set on another major but are also interested in environmental issues.
Environmental Science is a branch of biology that allows students to gain a solid understanding of the interactions between people and the natural and manmade environments. Graduates use their knowledge to protect the environment, raise awareness, promote the wise use of resources, solve environmental problems, develop sound policies and minimize health risks. Students in this major are inquisitive learners with acute observational and analytic skills who often feel passionate about their work. They are well prepared for jobs in a wide range of organizations including business, government, consulting firms, research laboratories, educational settings, parks, and non-profit organizations. Environmental Science is also a specified major for students seeking secondary education certification in life sciences.
In order to fulfill its commitment to climate neutrality, Franklin Pierce’s Ecological Conscience Initiative grew into the Sustainability Council, which now leads a campus sustainability effort that is growing in size and scope. The Sustainability Council meets monthly to discuss and take action on campus-wide issues that affect the “triple bottom line” of sustainability including energy and greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, dining, housing, and more. Represented offices include Facilities, Purchasing, Finance, Environmental Services, Residential Life, Information Technology, the Environmental Sciences & Environmental Studies programs, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, Student Affairs, and others.
Franklin Pierce is also an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Through its membership, Franklin Pierce students, faculty and staff have access to members-only resources such as case studies, references, and discounts to AASHE member business products and services, conference and award opportunities.
Franklin Pierce University has been recognized multiple times by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program for our efforts in preservation and sustainability. Franklin Pierce was noted for its work to protect the most critical forest and wetlands as well as work towards environmental sustainability on the Rindge campus.The Campus Wild” report card assessment is available on the National Wildlife Federation's website.
The BA or BS degree from Franklin Pierce University will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills for the following careers (some areas do require that you take specific courses or obtain a graduate degree). For more information, visit the Environmental Career Center.
Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
Environmental Studies / Natural Sciences Division
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
James (Jed) E. Donelan
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
B.A., Boston College
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook