Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

If you major in Environmental Studies at Berry you will combine interests in environmental and global sustainability with interdisciplinary perspectives from the humanities, arts and social sciences.

Environmental Studies explores human engagement with the biophysical world in diverse settings, including urban, agricultural and less-managed “natural” environments. This focus reflects the growing awareness that in an increasingly interdependent, globalized world, meaningful approaches to solving the planet’s environmental problems will require perspectives that take into consideration economic, cultural, social, historical and geographic variables. The environmental challenges we face today require changes in our perceptions of human-environment relationships and, ultimately, in how we think of relationships between humans. The Environmental Studies major prepares students for just such approaches.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities 

The unique physical resources of Berry’s vast campus and its proximity to the city of Rome and surrounding communities provide students with opportunities for hands-on class activities, research, collaborative service-learning with community partners, and work in agro-ecological farming, agro-biodiversity conservation, bio-remediation and food security.


Students majoring in Environmental Studies take a core curriculum of either 25 (BA) or 28 hours (BS) of coursework designed to ensure an introduction to scientific, humanities-based, and social-scientific perspectives on the full range of environmental issues facing us today. The core also includes an internship/research requirement, giving students hands-on experience in a community-based initiative that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainability, and a capstone course allowing students to reflect upon their course of study, integrate the knowledge they have gained from study in disparate disciplines, and apply their knowledge in an individualized project highlighting their strengths and interests. Additional electives allow students to tailor a program of study centered on a concentration of interest that meets their intellectual needs and supports their professional aspirations. The availability of both the BA and BS within the same major will allow students entering the major to defer their decision on which degree to pursue until after they have taken Foundations courses in the humanities and sciences and introductory courses in the program.

Career Paths

  • Community and Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Education and Communication
  • Land and Water Conservation
  • Air and Water Quality Management or Waste Management
  • Fishery and Wildlife Conservation or Management
  • Parks and Outdoor Recreation
  • Forestry Management and Advising
  • Environmental Law
Potential Employers
  • Federal, Local or State Government Regulatory Divisions and Agencies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Land Trust Organizations
  • Utility Companies or Cooperatives, Developers
  • Architectural Firms
  • Market Research Firms
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Political Action Committees
  • Scientific Foundations and Research Institutions