Our environmental studies program grows from our stated mission to act as stewards of the earth. It is the unique outcome of the talents of our faculty; our distinctive surroundings; our geographic proximity to freshwater and saltwater bodies, forests and farmland; and collaborations with local and regional groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Aquidneck Land Trust.
Our program 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.
Coursework is drawn from fields such as biology, math, public policy, economics and cultural and historic preservation. Student-directed research leads to a thesis in the senior year, and majors are encouraged to address real-world problems through internships and field study.
Life After Salve
Our graduates are uniquely prepared to work professionally on environmental issues found in every kind of workplace. As awareness of these issues grows, our graduates offer a strong combination of science and policy knowledge that make them an invaluable resource to organizations in a broad range of environments, including:
- Federal, state and local government: Working as environmental planners, analysts and policymakers.
- Corporations: Managing their compliance with environmental regulations and conducting audits of internal environmental efficiency.
- Nonprofit organizations: Managing or protecting natural resources, spearheading fundraising and development, and supporting the organization’s mission through public relations.
I really feel like the program prepared me for anything. We get such a range of opportunities like internships and research projects that you feel totally prepared to work in the field. It’s a tight-knit community with so many connections to professionals in the real world. Choosing this major truly was the best thing that could have happened to me.
Meaghan Senack ’16, conservation programs manager, Westerly Land Trust