Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies combines perspectives from the natural and social sciences with applied experiences in laboratory, field and community settings. The program consists of required courses and projects that provide interdisciplinary understanding of environmental concepts, issues and methods for resolving problems. Additional courses enable students to develop competencies in greater depth as preparation for graduate studies or professional careers.
With our small size, location in northern Virginia, and academic strength in the College of Arts and Sciences, Shenandoah University provides a challenging, student-centered environmental studies education.
Environmental Studies Program Requirements
Environmental Studies Research Projects
At Shenandoah University, students participate in ecological research as well as environmental education and community outreach.
- The new Redbud Run Greenway is located only a few miles from campus in Frederick County. A senior-level class recently spent a month clearing trails, building an information kiosk, and preparing over 30 interpretive signs to help visitors appreciate this area’s animals, plants, geology and history.
- SU’s Environmental Studies Program has joined a multi-year study of wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta), a threatened species. Working with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, our students and faculty are surveying wood turtle hibernation sites and nesting locations.
- Last summer and fall, a group of eight SU undergraduates conducted a botanical inventory at a local nature preserve that another group of Shenandoah students had helped establish back in 1998. These students learned environmental techniques used by government agencies and by private organizations such as The Nature Conservancy.
- A few SU students are studying northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) populations in the Shenandoah Valley. White cedar forests are rare in Virginia and occur primarily on north-facing limestone slopes above creeks and rivers. Students have been assisting with field and laboratory work using standard techniques in forest ecology and dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis).