Environmental Science Degree Program

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.

The Franklin Pierce difference

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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 environmental science - or for any student wanting to take advantage of recreational opportunities in a spectacular setting.
Environmental Science incorporates the principles, concepts, and methods of the natural and social sciences. Students pursuing this degree examine the relationship between humans and the natural world and its implications for current and emerging environmental issues. Students gain hands-on experience on a biodiverse campus providing rich opportunities for research.

The University has twice been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program for its efforts in preservation and sustainability. Franklin Pierce University was noted for its work to protect the most critical forest and wetlands on the Rindge campus, and for an assessment of its progress toward environmental sustainability.

Program details

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Coastal Ecology field trip; students busy with horseshoe crab tagging on Cape Cod. See more photos...

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.

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 for 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 twice been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program for its efforts in preservation and sustainability. Franklin Pierce was noted for its work to protect the most critical forest and wetlands on the Rindge campus, and for a report card assessment of its progress toward environmental sustainability.

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 Science Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload an Environmental Science 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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Affiliated Faculty

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

Harry Davis
Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Maine
Ph.D., University of Florida

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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