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Environmental Science


A personalized environmental studies education.

All roads might lead to Rome, but you’ll have countless destinations as you leave here with an environmental science degree—whether working at a nonprofit or NGO, teaching at any level or doing research with an environmental lab.

Partner with your advisor to select courses, professional development opportunities and research experiences that will best suit your career path, creating a personalized and highly interdisciplinary pursuit of the environmental sciences. 

There is no finer campus for environmental science learning and research (more on that below.)

Environmental Science students
Hands On

Conduct collaborative research with your professors. Work with local environmental organizations. Help run an on-campus farm. Explore caves in the American southeast, dive to research corals in Honduras or examine the geology in Iceland.

Environmental Science FACULTY

Dr. Zachary Taylor
Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies
Dr. Zachary Taylor

Dr. Zachary Taylor is the 2019 recipient of the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Educational Partner Award. Dr. Taylor teaches an environmental science capstone course that has an Academic Community Engagement component which involves partnering with an organization in the community. The last several classes have worked with Coosa River Basin Initiative on several projects. This award is given as part of the annual Riverkeeper Awards to honor community members that have done good work to clean water in the previous year. Dr. Taylor will be presented with the award at a ceremony in March. The Coosa River Basin Initiative is a grassroots environmental organization with the mission to protect, preserve and restore one of North America’s most biologically diverse river systems, the upper Coosa River Basin.

Environmental Science students
A Campus like No Other

Our 27,000-acre campus is a vast “green classroom” with distinct environments and ecosystems, from lowland forests, hills and wetlands to streams, meadows and lakes. Join long-term research studies or launch your own.

Environmental Science Courses

EVS 220
Geographic Information Systems

Explore such topics as the nature of spatial data, cartography, GIS data models, spatial analysis, basic spatial modeling and global positioning systems.

EVS 312
Global Change in the Anthropocene

Humans are now causing rapid changes to the biological, climatological and geological systems on which we depend, leading to the identification of a new period in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. This course will investigate the causes of these global changes and examine the impacts on society’s future.

EVS 405
Environmental Science Capstone Experience

Investigate key questions in the field through readings and discussions. Gain real-world experience working on interdisciplinary projects that address environmental challenges at the local level.

Environmental Science LIVES

Ross Bryant

Junior environmental studies major Ross Bryant started working at Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful (KRFB) — housed in the Rome E.C.O. Center — during his freshman year at Berry as part of his role as a Bonner scholar. Through this scholarship program, Ross commits 140 hours of community service each semester, averaging about 10 hours of work. Once Ross began working for KRFB, he found that his service hours would not only benefit the community but also kick-start his career interest in social ecology.

Ross Bryant

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