Environmental Science


A major and a minor

Are you the person who reminds everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Do you love studying natural, biological, and physical science? If so, Bryant’s Environmental Science program may be right for you.

Technological advances have been critical to the development of modern culture and business; however, the environment has suffered drastically as a consequence. Increased knowledge and understanding of the impact of societal systems on our environment is essential to addressing these consequences through the development of sustainable business practices.

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 have the flexibility to specialize in areas of interest such as toxicology, sustainable development, resource and wildlife management, land use and reclamation, green manufacturing, and analytical analysis, among others.

You will be exposed to important environmental issues facing society by participating in hands-on exercises and experimentation 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. Environmental Science majors will also have the opportunity to spend a semester in China studying at the prestigious China University of
Geosciences, Wuhan.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

An understanding of environmental science is a valuable asset to any organization where environmental issues and opportunities are involved in everyday business decisions. You will be ready to successfully work with manufacturers or service providers who must comply with changing environmental regulations. Most importantly, you will be trained to implement sustainable business practices. The Environmental Studies major and minor will prepare you for a range of business, manufacturing, and engineering careers, or to pursue graduate studies in these areas.

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.

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For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement


Environmental Science Major Requirements

General Biology and Lab (SCI251 + SCIL251)

General Chemistry and Lab (SCI265 + SCIL265)

Physical Geology (SCI262)

Physics (SCI264)

Ecology (SCI351)

One of the following labs:

  • Physical Geology (SCI L262)
  • Physics (SCI L264)
  • Ecology (SCI L351)

Choose three (3) courses that include one (1) lecture/lab course, and one 400-level course:

  • Biology II: Applications of Biological Principles and Lab (SCI253 and SCI L253)
  • Chemistry II: Chemical Systems and Lab (SCI267 and SCI L267)
  • Energy Management Strategies and Lab (SCI355 + SCI L355)
  • Plant Biology (SCI364)
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab (SCI365 + SCI L365)
  • Coastal Environments (SCI366)
  • Human Impact on Land and Life and Lab (SCI371 + SCI L371)
  • Sustaining Air and Water and Lab (SCI372 + SCI L372)
  • Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Decision Making and Lab (SCI376 + SCI L376)
  • Microbiology and Lab (SCI377 + SCI L377)
  • Biological Imaging (SCI450)
  • Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences (SCI451)
  • Innovation and Global Energy Challenges (SCI452)
  • GIS Tools – Coastal Planning and Climate Change (SCI453)
  • Conservation in the U.S. and China (SCI454)
  • Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (SCI457)
  • Global Change and Geochemical Impact (SCI458)
  • Systems Modeling (SCI460)
  • Plant Diversity in Ancient and Modern Environments (SCI462)
  • Issues in Environmental Science (SCI463)
  • Biomarkers and Isotope Signals (SCI464)
  • Green Technology for Sustainability (SCI465)
  • Global Health Challenges (SCI466)
  • Special Topics: Environmental Investigation and Remediation (SCI485)

Choose one (1) 300 level and one (1) 400 level Research course

  • Research Methods Directed Study in Science (SCI390)
  • On-Site Environmental Study in China (SCI475)
  • Research Directed Study in Science (SCI490)

Required Capstone:

  • Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving (SCI455)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (MATH121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (MATH122)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought*

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include One Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement 

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

For a 17-credit minor:

Choose two (2) core courses with labs:

  • Physical Geology and Lab (SCI262 + SCI L262)
  • General Chemistry and Lab (SCI265 + SCI L265)
  • Ecology and Lab (SCI351 + SCI L351)
  • Microbiology and Lab (SCI377 + SCI L377)

Choose two (2) applied courses from the following:

  •  Biology II: Applications of Biological Principles (SCI253)
  •  Chemistry II: Chemical Systems (SCI267)
  •  Ecology (SCI351)
  •  Energy Management Strategies (SCI355)
  •  Plant Biology (SCI364)
  •  Coastal Environments (SCI366)
  •  Human Impact on Land and Life (SCI371)
  •  Sustaining Air and Water (SCI372)
  •  Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Decision Making (SCI376)
  •  Biological Imaging (SCI450)
  •  Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences (SCI451)
  •  Innovation and Global Energy Challenges (SCI452)
  •  GIS Tools – Coastal Planning and Climate Change (SCI453)
  •  Conservation in the U.S. and China (SCI454)
  •  Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (SCI457)
  •  Global Change and Geochemical Impact (SCI458)
  •  Systems Modeling (SCI460)
  •  Plant Diversity in Ancient and Modern Environments (SCI462)
  •  Issues in Environmental Science (SCI463)
  •  Biomarkers and Isotope Signals (SCI464)
  •  Green Technology for Sustainability (SCI465)
  •  Global Health Challenges (SCI466)
  •  Special Topics: Environmental Investigation and Remediation (SCI485)


Required Capstone:

  • Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving (SCI455)                                                        

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To learn more, please contact:
Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Environmental Policy
Department of Science and Technology


Dan McNally, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Department of Science and Technology



Ethan Beise ‘12
Associate Scientist,
Boston-Power, Inc.

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.