Chatham University

Environmental Science

A BS in Environmental Science provides students with an interdisciplinary, scientific perspective to help them develop an evidence-based approach to environmental challenges. Chatham has a long history of involvement with environmental issues, and we are particularly proud of the accomplishments of our alumna, Rachel Carson '29.

Environmental scientists analyze interactions between humans and our biotic and abiotic environment. They collect data, analyze it, model it, and communicate their findings to wide range of stakeholders in government, private sector, and the citizenry.

The job outlook for environmental scientists is excellent. Employment is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations1 partially due to energy, climate change, and infrastructure challenges.

"Environmental science and sustainability are natural partners. Scientists gather and analyze the data to assess how our natural systems are functioning, and sustainability specialists coordinate that information to generate sustainable, innovative, and equitable answers to today's environmental, economic, and social justice challenges." - Assistant Professor of Biology, Linda Johnson, Ph.D.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award is a national award that includes a $5000 scholarship to Chatham University. It is awarded to one student nominated from each high school and community college across the United States who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. For more information, visit chatham.edu/rachel-carson-award.
  • Chatham offers many scholarships and grants to incoming first-year students, including the Rachel Carson Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship renewable for a total of four years. For more information, visit chatham.edu/scholarships.

Master of Sustainability Integrated Degree Program

Qualified students can choose to enroll in an Integrated Degree Program - combining their undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a Master's in Sustainability from Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, graduating with both in as few as five years - saving time and money.

Did you know?

Chatham achieved second place in Master's Institutions' Overall Top Performers category in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

1Environmental Science.Org (http://www.environmentalscience.org/careers)