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

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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.

Admission Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

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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Faculty

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.

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

Take the Next Steps

Apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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