Our Planet. Our Future.
Why Consider a Major from the Department of Environmental Studies?
Are you interested in shaping our common environmental future? Would you like to help organizations become more sustainable, collect field data that informs relevant environmental decisions, or develop forward-thinking environmental policies? If you want to use your passion, knowledge and skills to promote positive change, and seek to develop your foundation in both human and natural systems to do so, then a degree from the Department of Environmental Studies might be right for you.
Get Out in the Field
At KSC, the Environmental Studies major offers a unique experience that includes small classes, hands-on learning (via in-course field experiences, internships, student capstone projects, and undergraduate research opportunities), dedicated & experienced faculty, and a commitment to preparing students with life-long skills in critical thinking and professional growth.
Our department prides itself on our close working relationship with students, providing support for their success. We believe strongly in an interdisciplinary curriculum because it is critical to have a basic understanding of both human systems and natural systems to effect change.
Our faculty have experience in both local, regional and international environmental affairs. Our local connections allow students to participate in solving real-world environmental problems such as air pollution caused by woodsmoke, ecological restoration of river systems, and protection of local natural resources.
Our Local Ecosystem
Keene’s location in the Ashuelot River watershed and the Monadnock region provides an excellent location for field studies, with "urban" pollution problems and relatively undisturbed pristine forests and wetlands in close proximity.
Nearby Mount Monadnock is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. The Ashuelot River runs right through the KSC campus, at about the half-way point along the river’s course.
Along the river’s 63-mile length, its water quality varies significantly. The KSC campus also includes Brickyard Pond, the Arboretum and Gardens, and a Wildlife Management Area along the banks of the Ashuelot near the College’s athletic field complex. This are was established by the KSC Grounds Crew in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Beyond the basic requirements of the major, our students have great flexibility to focus on our natural science or human dimensions courses, and choose an allied minor to broaden their learning or expand potential job opportunities.
Popular minors include Geography, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences, Biology, Communications, and our new minor in Sustainability.
Many students also choose to minor in Environmental Studies or in our new Sustainability minor, available Fall 2018.
Career and Other Opportunities
Our students go on to work for businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and consulting companies as Environmental Health and Safety Managers, environmental consultants, field technicians, research assistants, and project coordinators.
Below, Tara Pratt, ‘15, talks about her undergraduate research experience with Dr. Nora Traviss.
KSC Environmental Studies in the News
What do students do with a major in Environmental Studies? Find out what our former students are doing after graduation. More about Environmental Studies Alumni