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With over 35 majors and minor areas of concentration, Elmira College lays the foundation for a diverse, cross discipline education, encouraging you to both specialize and explore.
Whether in the field in the US Virgin Islands or in the lab on campus, you will get first-hand experiences and practical skills to become more aware of the intricate connections between our world's natural systems.
Environmental Science is a field of growing importance as today's world grapples with complex environmental challenges. The inextricable link we have to the natural system means our first step in solving environmental problems should be to intimately understand the processes that govern the environment.
In this degree program:
When you study Environmental Science at Elmira College, you will learn through a combination of theory and practical, hands-on learning that will help you lead among scientists, climate organizations, and policymakers. You will get a basis in the fundamentals with more specialized knowledge layered on, including how to analyze environmental issues and think critically about the future of our planet. We believe in the practical application of your skills, we will provide many opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom in the field, through research, and in an internship.
“The professors really know you – they know your name, they care about how you’re doing … and you just feel really supported.”
Rachel Bortnick '25
We strive to get students into the field often, whether that is in the local area or farther away such as St. John in the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Alaska. This experiential approach of our Environmental Science degree program will prepare you for immediate, practical careers in one of the fastest-growing fields in the US and abroad. After graduation, you can use the knowledge and skills you learned to immediately enter the workforce and begin to shape policy decisions and solve modern environmental problems.
You can also minor in Environmental Science
Environmental Science is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the US! We prepare you for immediate careers as consultants, research technicians, GIS analysts, conservationists, hydrologists, water quality specialists, and many more. We provide opportunities early such as 1-on-1 research with faculty in your freshman year, which employers often seek.
At Elmira College you can be involved with environmentally minded activities in many different ways. From student clubs to administrative committees, classes to local and abroad internships, you can involve yourself as much as you can imagine. Come be the change you want to see at EC!
At Elmira College, our faculty is passionate about seeing you succeed and excited to engage with you one-on-one or in small groups for research, classwork, and career advice at any time.
Do you have questions about the Environmental Science program? Please contact us.