Environmental Science



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Human societies and natural environments worldwide face complex challenges due to human population and consumption pressures. Addressing these challenges can be daunting, so Sweet Briar’s environmental science curriculum employs collaborative problem-solving and diverse field, laboratory, research and internship experiences to prepare students to enter leadership roles in science, policy, business, law and in their communities.

What is distinctive about studying environmental science at Sweet Briar?

Sweet Briar’s campus is a living laboratory and a tradition of fieldwork marks our program. Classes take advantage of the College’s forests, freshwater systems, fields and wildlife. When your class sets out to conduct fieldwork, you won’t pile in a van and drive for an hour. You’ll walk out the door, straight to your research site. You will analyze soil properties and stream chemistry, census salamanders and forest herbs, and quantify the ecological effects of invasive species and land use changes.

As questions arise about the best options for the management of Sweet Briar’s natural resources, environmental students are drawn into the discussions as stakeholders, serve as data collectors, conduct key research and draft policy.

What can you do with a degree in environmental science?

Our alumnae become environmental engineers, scientists, lawyers, teachers and public servants in the U.S. and internationally.