Environmental Studies Major & Minor

Our program brings an integrated approach to Environmental Studies, combining elements of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, while allowing each student to specialize in either Environment and Society or Environmental Science. Majors and Minors can be declared online. 

Major Requirements

Environmental Studies (Bachelor of Science)


Learning Outcomes for Roanoke College Environmental Studies Students

Graduates of the Roanoke Environmental Studies Program will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in written and oral formats for both professional and lay audiences.
  2. Explain major concepts and theories important to environmental studies that are drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  3. Apply theories, professional skills, and methodologies to the analysis of current and historical environmental problems.
  4. Analyze environmental issues in terms of sustainability, including dimensions of personal values, social responsibility, economics, cultural feasibility, and science.
  5. Develop and implement solutions to or products that address environmental and resource concerns within the community

From the classroom to city hall: Students propose green changes for Roanoke buildings

From the classroom to city hall: Students propose green changes for Roanoke buildings

Roanoke College students hope the results of a green roofs study would reduce rainwater runoff at some of downtown Roanoke's buildings and save energy costs for the city.

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"When I researched various options for college, Roanoke's environmental program was light years ahead of what other schools offered. The professors were wonderful. So much of my time was spent outdoors; it really opened up my mind for different ways of learning."

-Whitney Sorge, Park Ranger, Kerr Lake State Recreation Area


Classic Conversion: Roanoke students transform 1939 Pontiac into electric-powered vehicle

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