Environmental Studies Degree Program

Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)
The Environmental Studies major focuses on the human dimensions of environmental issues, including the ethical, psychological, social, political, and economic factors involved in creating sustainable solutions.

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.

The Franklin Pierce difference

Coastal Ecology students exploring wetlands
The University's College at Rindge consists of 1,200 acres of
woods, waterfront, wetlands, uplands and other biodiverse
settings, making it a rich learning laboratory for students pursuing
an environmental degree.

The Environmental Studies major prepares students to be future leaders in environmental sustainability and social justice. Students are trained to understand and address the complex environmental problems arising from human-environment interactions in the U.S. and abroad. Many environmental problems are inherently social problems requiring knowledge of human perception and behavior, natural resource decision making, traditional cultures, and socioeconomic injustices.

Students can tailor their academic program to their career goals. All students are engaged in learning that strengthens critical and creative thinking inside the classroom and through hands-on experiences in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, grassroots campaigns, and private industry.

Program details

Horshoe Crab Tagging Cape Cod, MA
Coastal Ecology field trip; students busy with horseshoe
crab tagging on Cape Cod. See more photos...

Students gain a solid understanding of the challenges that arise from human-environment interactions. While social and policy studies are the foci of the environmental studies major, students are required to also gain a strong foundation in the natural sciences. This mixed set of knowledge and skills is particularly attractive to future employers. Graduates 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 Studies Outside classOur Outdoor Classroom.
Nestled at the base of Mount Monadnock, students are immersed in the beauty of the New Hampshire forest – an outdoor classroom rich with local flora and fauna. Students learn the natural and human history of our 1200-acre campus while walking along hiking trails or kayaking on Pearly Pond. These outdoor experiences provide first-hand case studies of human impacts and sustainable resource management in forestry, lake ecology, waste management, and conservation biology.

Experiential Learning.
Courses take an experiential approach, creating laboratory-type settings where students can gain real-world experience and build relationships with faculty, and individuals and organizations outside the University. Through research, internship, and study abroad opportunities, students are prepared to assume leadership roles solving environmental problems as they enter the workforce or
graduate school upon graduation.

Points of distinction

President's Climate CommitmentIn 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.

aashe member logoFranklin 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.

Campus Ecology RecognitionFranklin 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.


Environmental Careers

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.

•    Agricultural scientist
•    Air quality manager
•    Biologist
•    Biochemist
•    Chemical technician
•    City Planner
•    Climate specialist
•    Community organizer
•    Conservation analyst
•    Conservation enforcement
•    Ecologist
•    Eco-entrepreneur
•    Energy analyst
•    Engineering technician
•    Environmental analyst
•    Environmental compliance
•    Environmental consultant
•    Environmental educator
•    Environmental health specialist
•    Environmental lawyer
•    Environmental lobbyist
•    Environmental planner
•    Environmental scientist
•    EPA/Natural resource inspector
•    Field technician
•    Fisheries technician/manager
•    Fish and Game officer
•    Forest ecologist
•    Fundraiser
•    Geographic Info Sys manager
•    Groundwater monitor
•    Habitat restorationist
•    Hazardous waste manager
•    Hydrologist
•    Journalist

•    Land manager
•    Management consultant
•    Natural resource specialist
•    Outdoor recreation specialist
•    Park ranger
•    Population monitor
•    Project manager
•    Recycling coordinator
•    Refuge manager
•    Resource specialist
•    Soil conservation manager
•    Species inventory specialist
•    Teacher
•    Water quality/supply manager
•    Wetland scientist
•    Wildlife manager
•    Wildlife scientist


Want to know more?

Enviromental Studies Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload an Environmental Studies Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


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College at Rindge
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Assistant Professor

Verna DeLauer
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies / Natural Sciences Division
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Affiliated Faculty

Frank Cohen
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.S., Bradley University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

James (Jed) E. Donelan
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
B.A., Boston College
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

John Harris
Lecturer, American Studies
Exc. Director, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Frank Hubacz, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Worcester State College
M.S.T., University of New Hampshire
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Frederick Rogers
Chair and Associate Professor of Geology
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
B.A., M.S., University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., University of Iowa

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