Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Environmental scientists are on the front line of documenting environment change and developing solutions to modern problems that impact everyone on Earth. Rowan University's Environmental Science programs prepare students to be leaders for positive change.

Environmental Science is one of the fastest-growing career fields and job prospects are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), environmental science jobs are growing by 11% every year. Median pay is almost $70,000 a year.

Students who join Rowan's Environmental Science programs change the world as they build their better future.

Undergraduate Degrees

Environmental Science majors engage with Environmental Science experiences and coursework every year they are at Rowan. This ensures that BS and BA students integrate the foundations of biology, chemistry, physics, and other core STEM disciplines with their understanding of environmental issues as those students progress through their major.

An undergraduate degree from the Department of Environmental Science emphasizes putting knowledge into practice. Our innovative first-year courses engage students immediately in the critical environmental issues of our day. The first-semester course “Environmental Experience” introduces students to field methods with weekly trips to environments such as the NJ Pine Barrens, salt marshes, streams, and the ocean. In “Environment in the Headlines”, students explore the science behind select environmental issues and monitor how that science is discussed in the media. In their sophomore year, students learn experimental design in EVSC 01.202 after taking a semester of biology and statistics. In their junior year, students examine the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment (EVSC 01.305), synthesizing concurrent coursework in chemistry and physical geology. As seniors, students are required to have either a practical experience (via an internship or by conducting research) or take a senior seminar focused on a particular research topic.

Transfer students are welcome in both the BS and the BA degree programs. Environmental Science has designed flexibility into the coursework and experiences for these degrees in order to allow for students to efficiently join the program mid-degree. 

BS Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students interested in scientific careers or pursuing graduate studies. Field experiences are an essential element of our curriculum, beginning in the first year. 

Students earning a BS in Environmental Science will leave Rowan University with a broad understanding of several scientific disciplines and mathematics. Course requirements offer flexibility within the degree, not only with a number of elective credits but with choices among specialized courses. Focused, majors-only classes such as "Field Methods in Environmental Science" (EVSC 01.350) prepare students for careers in the environmental technical field or graduate level research. Click here for a downloadable list of degree requirements.

BA Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for careers in environmental consulting, management, science writing, or science education. While also rigorous, the BA is a more flexible pathway with enough free electives to permit a second major in areas such as Education, Communications, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, or Geology.

The BA in Environmental Science program is currently being evaluated for approval. We anticipate availability in 2020.

Environmental Science Minor

A minor in Environmental Science is currently being evaluated for approval. We anticipate availability in 2020. Minoring in Environmental Science would nicely complement a wide range of degrees in areas like communications, art, or business for students who want to formally demonstrate environmental literacy.