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Costa Rica landscape

Environmental Science Department

Get outside!

Our campus is surrounded by natural environments that serve as outdoor laboratories for our students. Wilderness areas, rivers, streams, mountains and an abundance of forest lands are all within a short distance of campus.  Within walking distance is property owned by the university and regularly used for classes including wetlands, fields, forest, and islands on the Westfield River.  

Westfield combines coursework in Environmental Science, Biology, Geography, Regional Planning, and other disciplines, while emphasizing the interdependence of the natural and social sciences.

What makes us great

  • You'll get outside and get dirty right from the beginning of your time here
  • Employment is expected to grow 11% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists)
  • Travel with our faculty to study abroad in such places as Costa Rica
  • Our location offers great access to the outdoors for hiking, whitewater canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, mountain and road biking, fishing and other activities

Department Spotlight

Through interdisciplinary research, Dr. Tim Parshall is working with students to study factors that influence the prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease.


There are many options to double major or minor in other areas leading to careers in:

  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Policing
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Communication


Students participate in internships during the school year or summer, and we offer networking events for students to meet current employers and alumni who currently work in the profession.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Environmental Planning Club

    The Environmental Planning Club encourages members to enrich the environment.