Undergraduate Major

Environmental Health & Sustainability Management Major (BA)

Explore the powerful and unique intersection of environmental health and sustainability management within this science-focused major that will prepare you for an array of career opportunities in rapidly growing industries. 

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Program Overview

Interested in science, health, and business but aren't sure which to choose? At Widener, you don't have to. Our unique environmental health and sustainability management bachelor's degree will empower you with comprehensive knowledge and skills to thrive in a multitude of industries.

Why Earn a Degree in Environmental Health and Sustainability Management?

  • You'll be prepared for an agile, innovative career with a unique combination of high-demand skills ranging from managing teams and operations to performing technical-scientific experiments and evaluating evidence. 
  • You'll become a skilled critical thinker, effective communicator, and collaborator—ready to partner across many disciplines.
  • You'll help create green solutions that address the environmental issues that define this century.

In this innovative program, you'll graduate ready to make a difference in the rapidly growing and evolving green economy. You won't just be prepared for the jobs of today—you'll be ready for future careers that may not yet exist.

Program Options

Loading... requirements for the environmental health and sustainability management major.

Students can increase their professional experiences by participating in summer and senior internships in firms that have environmental interests and priorities. Firms may include private environmental consulting, environmental planning and engineering, governmental agencies, public health, sustainable operations management, etc. 

Interested students can work with their faculty advisors and/or the Small Business Development Center for assistance with internship placement.

Program Highlights

Through hands-on, interdisciplinary experiences and work in state-of-the-art labs, you'll graduate prepared to make a difference in leading-edge careers.

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Collaboration Across Multiple Fields & Industries

The complex challenges we face in our world today truly require solutions from broadly trained interdisciplinary thinkers. Through this unique program, you'll gain a rich understanding of the business of the environment and the many different fields and industries it impacts.

You'll also expand your network by learning alongside and collaborating with peers across business and science majors. 

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Culture of Sustainability

Widener's commitment to sustainability runs deep. Here, you'll find sustainability-informed curricula, faculty involved in environmentally-conscious research, and a campus community engaged in sustainability-related events.

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Diverse Research Opportunities

From day one, you'll be encouraged to engage in cutting-edge research with your professors. You'll have the chance to present to the community at local, regional, and national forums and conferences. Complete your education with an independent capstone project, culminating with the presentation of your senior thesis on Student Project Day.

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Global Experiences

You'll have the opportunity to join faculty-led short-term study abroad experiences in places such as the Amazon rainforest, coastal communities in Costa Rica, and other environmentally unique locations. These experiences will expose you to the diversity of the natural world, enhance your cultural knowledge, and deepen your understanding of the connections between ecosystem and human health. Put your skills to work through practical research projects, like consulting with coffee farmers in Costa Rica.

Clubs & Organizations

Environmental Health & Sustainability Management majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Environmental Club, the Alpha Chi Sigma, and many more.

Living Learning Communities

Living with your classmates and other students committed to sustainability initiatives gives you the opportunity to build strong professional and personal relationships that will last a lifetime. 

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Our faculty are experts in many diverse topics from sustainability and environmental management, to ecology, economics, human health, and so much more. Faculty will help you hone your interests and skills as they provide close mentorship to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Stephen R. Madigosky
Chair of Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability

Now more than ever, students are needed in all sectors of society who can think critically and wholistically about the complex environmental problems facing our world. This program is purposely designed to train the next generation of professionals who will help solve these issues.

Bruce W. Grant
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science

I engage my students through courses and 1:1 independent projects in ecological research locally in Chester and internationally in Latin America, as well as through service learning projects in urban gardening with a local elementary school. At Widener you will grow in skills, confidence, and empowerment in your career path. Visit and find out more!

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"I love connecting Widener students with the many strong leaders in Philadelphia's exciting sports market. Students benefit tremendously from both the networking opportunities and the insider knowledge that comes from these connections."

Scott E. Van Bramer

"Science programs at Widener are designed so that students learn how to make decisions and answer questions. An undergraduate degree is not about learning to follow directions, it is about learning to look for questions, finding answers, and learning how you know."

Chad H. Freed
Associate Professor

"Our program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to be involved in research, service learning, and international projects (Costa Rica, Peru, China) outside of regular academic coursework that you get from other institutions."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Graduate ready to make a difference in a rapidly evolving green economy and join the multitude of industries helping to solve the urgent environmental problems that define this century.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Environmental scientist
  • Health and safety officer 
  • Environmental protection technician
  • Business operations specialist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Public health manager

Industry Growth

Job outlook for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030 as the world population grows, and grows more concerned about environmental protection.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • The Boeing Company

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