Environmental Science

As the world's population continues to surge, human activity will keep taking a greater and greater toll on our environment.

Governments, businesses, and other organizations are increasingly feeling the need for scientists who can solve the problems that arise when development and stewardship intersect.

Widener's undergraduate program in environmental science prepares students with a broad scientific background while also providing an understanding of environmental relationships.

Rigorous Academics

Students majoring in environmental science are given broad training in the traditional sciences — biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. As students progress in the major, they acquire proficiency in environmental science areas while taking elective courses in other sciences or civil engineering.

In addition to courses in environmental science, the department offers instruction in astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, physical geography, and marine science.

Diverse Classroom & Field Experiences

Environmental science majors participate in research projects with faculty, which can take place in laboratories on campus, at sites across the region, or at destinations across the globe.

Students routinely travel with Dr. Steven Madigosky to several locations in Central and South America, including the El Bosque Nuevo butterfly farm in Costa Rica. Other educational outreach opportunities include:

  • The ADOPT A SCHOOL Program
  • The Peruvian Teacher's Training Program in Environmental Science
  • International Rainforest Teachers Training Program
  • Franklin Institute Educational Hotlists