Environmental Studies (B.A./B.S.)(Minor)

If you major or minor 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 minor 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.

The Environmental Studies minor consists of three core courses and three additional upper-division electives, chosen from a list of pre-approved courses in anthropology, economics, English, government, history, philosophy and sociology.

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