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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4003
    • fax: 610-499-4496
  • Dr. Stephen R. Madigosky

    • Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 206
    • tel: 610-499-4269

FAQs, Environmental Science and Sustainability

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the environmental science & sustainability major at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

Why should I major in environmental science?

Environmental science offers many opportunities in various subfields, such as teaching, government, politics, law, geology, oceanography, meteorology, and wildlife biology.

What are the major topics and issues that are covered in the environmental science curriculum at Widener?

The curriculum places a strong emphasis on sustainability science, starting in the spring semester of the freshman year. The theme of sustainability appears throughout the curriculum. Also emphasized are tropical ecology, geology, and geographic information systems.

Are there opportunities to travel abroad with faculty?

There are numerous opportunities to travel to tropical field sites in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Peru with experienced faculty. Opportunities to travel to China will soon be available as well.

How will I decide on what subfield of environmental science to pursue as a career?

Each environmental science major is assigned an academic advisor who will guide him or her through the entire four years of his or her college career. Each advisor is a trained professional working in the field of environmental science who will provide expert guidance in selecting a career path and finding employment.

Will there be positions available for environmental science majors after they receive their degrees?

The demand for people who are knowledgeable about the environment and sustainability will only be increasing. Our planet is currently facing critical issues such as overpopulation, deforestation, climate change, habitat destruction, and air and water pollution. A new generation of environmental scientists will be needed to inform and guide the general public in keeping our planet safe and habitable.  

For more information on careers in environmental science, visit WorldWideLearn: Guide for Environmental Science Majors, Geological Society of America, and National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Suppose I decide to major in one of the other sciences (e.g., biology) or in a subject outside of the sciences (e.g., political science or business). Can I still remain involved in environmental science and sustainability?

Absolutely. Our environmental program offers two different minors for those who have a passion for the environment: the environmental science minor, designed primarily for those majoring in the sciences, and the environmental studies minor, which has more of an emphasis on the social sciences (e.g. political science). These minors are designed so that they may fit comfortably into most academic curriculum ladders.