Environmental Studies

Degrees Granted
BA, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City

Gain the training, tools and hands-on experience you’ll need to help create a greener future with a degree in environmental studies from Adelphi University on Long Island.

Why Major in Environmental Studies at Adelphi in New York on Long Island?

  • Receive personal attention from world-class environmental studies faculty as you design a unique program of study tailored to your personal and professional goals.
  • Immerse yourself in field or lab work on Long Island or gain valuable field experience far away.
  • Translate your passion for sustainability into a rewarding career devoted to improving our environment.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Environmental Studies?

As an interdisciplinary social science, you’ll gain important skills and knowledge applicable to many different professional fields. For example, natural resource technicians and conservation managers are employed to study, monitor, and preserve wildlife and plants in parks and on public land.

There are also many opportunities in the expanding “green economy,” including public and private sector non-profit organizations, policy developers and analysts, or in academia as environmental social scientists. You could also pursue a career as a middle school or high school earth science teacher.

In this degree program, you’ll gain valuable technical skills using geographic information systems (GIS), experience that is currently in high demand in many fields from politics to city planning or land management professions.

STEM-Designated Badge
This program is STEM-designated offering specialized training in high-demand fields and eligible international students can extend their OPT to 36 months.
92%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates say that Adelphi University increased their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Minor & Degree Options

Recognizing the interplay of technology, culture, economics and politics involved in the issues facing the future of our planet, we take an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. We give our environmental studies students a solid grounding in the natural and social sciences, allowing them to focus on the areas they wish to pursue.

Minor in Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor at Adelphi offers students from every major a basic grounding in the scientific, technical, social and cultural issues presented by the interaction of human beings with their environment and the need to build a more environmentally sustainable future.

Accelerated Environmental Studies Program

This exciting 4+1 accelerated environmental studies program gives students a solid foundation in climate and environmental studies, with a particular emphasis on human adaptations to climate change and environmental degradation or topics like green energy or promoting environmentally-friendly societies.

NSF Grant Students

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education has awarded Adelphi University and Principal Investigator Andrea Ward, PhD, associate provost for research and special projects, a $2.49 million grant for the “Ensuring STEM Student Success Through an Integrative Support Program.”

As part of my STEP training, I taught a course to Adelphi undergrads that examined sustainable initiatives through social, economic and environmental lenses. I loved engaging students from diverse backgrounds in hands-on activities that asked them to think critically about their impact on the environment.

Lisa Marino ’16 BA in Environmental Studies and Adelphi’s STEP program. She currently teaches earth science at a middle school on Long Island.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Classroom learning is just the beginning of your environmental studies education at Adelphi in New York on Long Island. From the nearby shores of Nassau County to destinations across the globe, providing field experience is a vital part of our curriculum. Experiential opportunities include:

  • Adelphi’s backyard: Join faculty in getting your feet wet in the 75-mile South Shore Estuary Reserve in New York on Long Island.
  • Alaska: Immerse yourself in a true wilderness, where you’ll dig for prehistoric artifacts using state-of-the-art research technologies while you learn archeological fundamentals.
  • Australia: Dive into the breathtaking biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian rain forest as you conduct intensive field-based research.
  • Wyoming: Excavate dinosaurs and discover past environments against the backdrop of a beautiful national park.

Adelphi students taking part in an Alaskan field experience.

Program Info

I spent the past two summers doing fieldwork alongside my professors in the Matanuska and Tanana valleys in Alaska. It made me realize how much I want to do this work professionally.

Julio RuizDiaz, senior Anthropology and environmental studies major

Application Requirements

To apply for the environmental studies program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective
  • Volunteer – use your passion for the environment to help your community.

Awards & Recognition

Phone Number
More Info
Nexus Building First Floor
  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Search Menu