Environmental Science

Housed in RWU’s Marine and Natural Sciences Building, the interdisciplinary Environmental Science program integrates biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics into an understanding of the natural world. Through research and an array of electives in fields like earth sciences, resource management and law, you’ll discover how humans affect nature and learn how to protect the environment in your career as a scientist, policymaker or educator.

Degree Requirements

The Environmental Science curriculum is designed to provide students with the scientific knowledge and skills required to evaluate the environment and environmental issues as a scientist. To this end students spend the first two years of their studies taking Foundations science courses that are designed provide students with a broad understanding of earth systems and human interactions with these systems with courses like Oceanography, Earth Systems Science and Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability. Students will gain the mathematical and critical thinking skills necessary for general scientific evaluation and learn fundamental Chemistry and Physics required to understand how pollutants and other materials move through the environment. 

After gaining basic fundamental skills and knowledge students will take higher level environmental science electives that will enable them to focus their studies during Junior and Senior years on different areas of environmental science which most closely align with their interests. These areas include ecology and sustainability, geosciences, environmental engineering and geographical information systems (GIS). 

Environmental Science majors must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, environmental science majors must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

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For B.A. in Environmental Science

For B.S. in Environmental Science

Research Opportunities

Girl studies insects in the field.The Environmental Science major at Roger Williams is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of environmental processes and issues and an awareness of our role as humans within the environment. Undergraduate research is integrated into the Environmental Science curriculum, with opportunities for students to earn academic credit for doing research, to develop proposals and compete for small grants to fund their projects, and to present their findings at regional, national and international conferences.

RISE STEM Scholarship at RWU

Biology students doing field work.RWU offers a scholarship opportunity for students interested in majoring in math, sciences, engineering, computer science or forensic science. Learn about the National Science Foundation RISE Scholars program, which recognizes, supports and empowers a group of academically talented students with financial need as they prepare to enter Research and Industry in Science and Engineering (RISE).

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