Located on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains, Westfield State offers an exceptional opportunity to learn environmental science through hands-on field work. 

  • Students enter the major and develop as a cohort, so you become very connected to your classmates
  • We have highly credentialed faculty, including an expert wildlife biologist and president of the wildlife society, ecological restoration professional, researcher studying tropical forest restoration, dam removal expert, and more
  • Our Natural History and Field Techniques course is taught almost entirely outside
  • Our students are passionate about the environment
  • Science-based major offering many more science classes than similar programs
  • Students are encouraged to conduct research and present their findings at local, regional and national conferences
  • The Massachusetts Department of Ecological Restoration is located on campus and many student work with them on projects
  • Hands-on

    in outdoor labs 

  • Study abroad

    opportunities in Costa Rica and Ecuador 


Program Description

The Environmental Science Major consists 53-68 credits, depending on advising and the interests of the student. Courses denoted with an asterisk ( * ) also satisfy the university's Common CORE. All students must take at least 21 credit hours from the list below at Westfield State University. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 in the Environmental Science Major is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree in Environmental Science.

Required Environmental Science Courses (26-28 credits)
Required Fundamental Lab Science Classes (15-16 credits)
Areas of Study - Dimensions

12-16 credits, by advisement; must choose one from each of the three dimensions, plus one additional course from any of the three areas.

Natural Dimensions

Human Dimensions

Methods/Technology Dimensions

Upper-Level Course Requirements
Capstone Senior Thesis/Seminar
Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Environmental Planning Club
The Environmental Planning Club encourages members to enrich the environment.