About the Program

As one of the oldest in the nation, the undergraduate Environmental Science program offers a modern introduction to the environmental sciences.  The challenging background enables students to deal with important environmental issues of the 21st century. Rather than a traditional biological approach to the environment, the program emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field by drawing from biology, chemistry, statistics, earth sciences, economics, law, and the humanities. Environmental problems are approached from a holistic perspective. Ferrum’s Environmental Science program offers students great flexibility in developing their own interests.

Coursework in Environmental Science

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Environmental Science, and includes courses such as:

  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Physical Geography
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Plant Sciences
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Planning & Assessment
  • Quantitative Environmental Methods & Statistics
  • Geology and Hydrology
  • General Biology
  • Pollution Science
  • Vertebrate Zoology

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Environmental Science:

  • Agriculture Club
  • Environmental Action Coalition
  • Wildlife Club
  • Ferrum Nature Society
  • Ferrum College Sustainability Society

What Can I Be with a Major in Environmental Science?

A major in Environmental Science leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields.

You could be a(n) …

  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Environmental Educator
  • Air Quality Controller
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Soil & Water Conservation Consultant
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Forester
  • Environmental Health Inspector
  • Game Warden
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Environmental Policy Analyst

Environmental Science Faculty

Glen Stevens
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4554

Todd Fredericksen
Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4360

Delia Heck
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
PhD, University of Washington
(540) 365-4378

Bob Pohlad
Professor of Biology and Horticulture
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(540) 365-4378

Carolyn L. Thomas
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnical Institution and State University
(540) 365-4368