Salve Regina offers a bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in environmental sciences and a minor in environmental studies. In addition, a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses integrate social and environmental responsibility throughout the semester. More than 50 courses focus on the environment, while additional courses in the Core Curriculum address social and environmental responsibility.
Non-course and off-campus curricula that integrate social and/or environmental responsibility include the Pell Center lecture series, the study abroad program, Earth Day and Office of Campus Life programming.
The interdisciplinary major in environmental studies exposes students
to the broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans
with the natural world, and to the tools required to understand and
solve environmental problems. Students who major in environmental
studies complete coursework in math and science, policy, ethics and
society, and preservation, complemented by student-directed research and
a thesis in the senior year.
Students who major in biology with a concentration in environmental sciences complete the requirements for a B.S. in biology, while also taking the required course Environmental Chemistry and six additional biology electives at the 200 level or above. Students completing a minor in environmental studies take a minimum of seven courses, including three required courses and four electives.
Courses offered in the business administration and management programs lead to a concentration in environmental management. The special topics courses, Advanced Resource Management and Managing for Successful Buildings, are taught by a licensed architect with experience in the fields of commercial and industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy, building construction, sustainability and environmental management systems.
Students who complete both courses in combination with another already offered in the management or international relations programs qualify for a concentration in environmental management. By completing two additional courses, students can earn a certificate in environmental management.