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, and green manufacturing, among others.
You will be exposed to important environmental issues facing society 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
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, and 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.
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.