Do you want to play a role in preserving and protecting air, water, wildlife, or combating climate change impacts? Are you creative with strong analytical and quantitative skills. Bryant’s Environmental Science program may be right for you.
While technological advances have been critical to the development of modern culture and business, the environment has suffered drastically. Increased knowledge and understanding of the science behind societal environmental impacts is essential to finding sustainable solutions. You can play an important role in this process.
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Science emphasizes the physical, chemical, and biological sciences, and incorporates coursework in social sciences, history, literature, and business. You will be able to specialize in areas of interest such as ecosystems and biodiversity, environmental analysis and assessment, sustainability and environmental management, and climate change.
You will be exposed to important environmental issues by participating in research activities in well-equipped laboratories on campus and at various field sites, including wetlands, coastal habitats, and woodlands. Enrollment for this major is limited to 40 students, who will benefit from dedicated faculty advising, an action-oriented curriculum, and team research. Students in this program have conducted research funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. Projects have focused on pollution in Narragansett Bay, climate change models, Giant Panda ecology and evolution, and plant fossil analyses, using a variety of analytical instrumentation. Majors will also have the opportunity to study at the prestigious China University of Geosciences, Wuhan.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
The Environmental Science major, concentration, and minor prepare you for a variety of career and graduate school opportunities including wildlife and natural resource management, environmental consulting and corporate environmental management, governmental policy and regulatory positions, or researching, planning for, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Our program provides you with problem solving and leadership skills necessary to address complex problems impacting multiple stakeholders in today's global community.
Environmental science faculty
The Science and Technology faculty have diverse backgrounds in the multidisciplinary field of environmental science. They are committed to working one-on-one with you through collaborative research, review sessions, and individual tutoring.
COLLABORATING WITH FACULTY
Ethan Beise ‘12
Solving coastal geo-technical problems is what drives Beise.
At Bryant, he examined the microbiological community in an intertidal zone, a very specific part of a beach, which is being polluted with petroleum byproducts.
His mentor, Department Chair, Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D was with Beise every step of the way, from guiding collection methods to helping him re-test and re-measure his samples. She is working with him to have his research published in a scholarly journal.
“Being able to work this closely with accomplished faculty is a privilege,” says Beise.
The business of sustainability
Brendan Sweeny ‘05
Director of Operations, Handy International Inc.
One hundred years ago, the Chesapeake Bay was filled with blue crabs. Today, stocks are depleted from overfishing and environmental degradation. At Handy International, which specializes in crab products, Brendan Sweeny ’05 wants to make sure that a similar scenario does not play out in Southeast Asia, where the American seafood company has had to move its sourcing. Sweeny, who started off as a sustainability specialist and is now director of operations, is working to address this issue by ensuring that the birth rate of the crabs matches the harvest rates; he is part of the team effort that makes Handy a leader in sustainability practices.