The bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies will provide you with a solid interdisciplinary foundation in environmental issues. Our program emphasizes the interconnections between physical, biological and social processes as they affect the environment. As such, you will develop a strong capacity for understanding the scientific basis for environmental topics and will take courses from political science, philosophy, religion, biology and other departments.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being an Environmental Studies Major
- Platinum Facilities
Rogers Hall features dynamic, interactive classroom and lab space, a vibrant state-of-the-art greenhouse and an exterior green wall in the shape of a double helix. It is the first Platinum LEED-certified science building in the eastern U.S., demonstrating the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.
- Hands-on Learning
You will begin practicing what you learn starting your first day of class. At Queens, our small class sizes enable hands-on learning. You will learn by doing.
- Relevant Research
You will take part in current research projects that have an effect on the larger community. For example, Dr.Reed Perkins (2007 NC Professor of the Year) developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program in which Queens students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae to field monitor the islands' ecosystems.
Our environmental studies majors have had opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program
- Discovery Place
- Catawba Land Conservancy
- Sierra Club
"Working for NOAA under the U.S. Department of Commerce gave me perspective on how federal agencies operate. It was magnificent to see how NOAA is able to channel the efforts of its many employees to uncover the secrets of the oceans and the atmosphere." - Alma Beciragic '14
Alma is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill.
When You Graduate
When you graduate with a degree in environmental studies, you will be well-prepared for either graduate-level study or environmental careers. Below are just a few examples of where a degree in environmental science has led our graduates
- Graduate studies in Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Sciences & Engineering at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- Graduate studies in Globalization, Environment and Social Change at Stockholm University, Sweden
- Field Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service
- Agronomist in Madagascar with the U.S. Peace Corps
- Teaching High School Chemistry & Environmental Science at Yap High School, Federated States of Micronesia
- Environmental Consultant with a private Environmental Remediation firm in Miami, Florida
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.