Students in Environmental Science participate in fieldwork and hands-on learning, such as the Water Resource Management course’s canoe trips on the Westfield River and nearby lakes, Natural Resource Managements site visits to properties owned by different public and private landowners, Wildlife Ecology’s sessions on animal tracking, trapping, and use of remote cameras, and the Marine Biology’s 3-day field trip to the Maine coast each spring to collect marine samples. Classes are small providing much one-on-one contact with faculty.
The major culminates in the capstone senior seminar, where students do independent research on an environmental topic working under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Many students choose to participate in the Environmental Science Internship, where students work off campus in an environmental position that matches their interests. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the major, students have the flexibility to tailor their coursework and educational experience to suit their personal interests and goals for the future.