Environmental Science & Studies Degree Programs

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.

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

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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.

Students gain hands-on experience on a biodiverse campus with over 1,000 acres of natural areas that provide rich opportunities for research and outdoor learning. As a result, Franklin Pierce graduates are prepared to succeed in their careers and start contributing to the solutions necessary.

In our environmental classes, we put knowledge to work. Once you learn the concepts and content of the topic, you might conduct research or construct projects to understand the real-world relevance of what you are learning in the classroom.   

Program details

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

The Environmental Science major consists of three components: major core requirements, major electives, and an area of emphasis. Major core requirements build the basic scientific background required to understand the fundamentals of environmental science. Major electives provide greater depth in the sciences and provide breadth in non-science areas important to environmental issues. The Environmental Studies degree is appropriate for the student who is seeking a strong background in environmental science as preparation for a career that does not require graduate training in science. The Environmental Studies degree provides necessary coursework for a student who seeks to build a career as a scientist, and who therefore will need to consider attending graduate school in a scientific field.

Points of distinction

Campus Ecology Recognition

Franklin 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.

What students are saying

After taking an Environmental Science course my freshman year, I realized this was the area that I wanted to major in. Not only did I find the professors in the science department to be extremely friendly and encouraging, I also found that the way they taught helped to engage me in the learning process. I am a student that learns better with hands-on education and that is the type of educational experience I have had here.

Since Franklin Pierce has such a beautiful campus, it offers excellent outdoor classrooms that help enhance the environmental science curriculum. I feel fortunate to attend Franklin Pierce and to learn from the professors in the Environmental Science department. My educational experiences at Franklin Pierce University have increased my knowledge and put me on a path towards an environmental science career.

— Jennifer Provencher, Environmental Science Major, Class of 2009

Want to know more?

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.


Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
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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

Get to Know Us

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