Environmental Studies2019-07-23T13:39:06+00:00

About the Program

The Environmental Studies program at Ferrum College is more than just science! This interdisciplinary program challenges students to think critically to explore solutions to current environmental issues by including not only the Environment but also Economic and Social aspects.

Emphasis Areas

This degree allows the student to pick a focus area. This gives the student a wider range of knowledge, which allows greater range of job opportunities. There are 5 areas of focus to pick from:

  • Business & Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology & Social Work
  • Arts & Humanities

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

  • Intro to Environmental Planning and Development
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Natural Resource Policy and Economics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Environmental Justice

What Can I Be with a Major in Environmental Studies?

  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Director of Campus Sustainability
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • International Development Officer
  • Urban Planner
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Biodiversity Manager
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Environmental Writer
  • Non-Governmental Organization Staff Planner

Projects throughout the Environmental Studies program all are done alongside college and community members. Even more important than the papers you will write, are the contacts that are made with local residents and officials of Franklin County and beyond!


  • Ferrum Farm To Caf Program
  • Energy Competition funded by the DuPont Foundation
  • U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Challenge
  • Appalachian Cluster Course/Trip
  • City of Roanoke-Department of Planning Building and Development