About the Major
Building on Wilson College’s long standing mission, the Environmental Studies
Department strives to cultivate students that seek fulfilling lives and
professions by providing them with the tools for ethical leadership and
humane stewardship of our communities and our world. We have designed a
curriculum that provides students with a broad understanding of the
cultural, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability. The
curricula of the Environmental Studies Department has a strong grounding
in the principles of environmental science, sustainability, biology,
ecology, chemistry, and statistics. Many courses offered by the
Department focus on experiential and service learning.
Environmental Studies Department offers a major in Environmental Science
and Environmental Sustainability, a minor in Environmental Studies and
certification in Environmental Education. The Department works in close
partnership with the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL),
and requires all students to complete an internship in the student's
selected area of focus as part of their program. Opportunities are also
provided for independent study courses in specialized areas of research.
beautiful, 300-acre campus is situated on the banks of the
Conococheague Creek in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in
southern Pennsylvania. Wilson College houses an interpretive trail, Fulton
Farm--an over 50-acre farmstead that produces Certified Naturally Grown
crops for our community-supported agriculture (CSA) program--and the Robyn Van En Center (RVEC).
RVEC is a nonprofit organization that houses a national database of
CSA’s and provides education and assistance about the promise of CSA’s
as a way to reconnect people to farmers and preserve small family farms.
There are also hands-on alternative energy technologies that students
can learn about including biodiesel, solar, and wind. These and other
resources make Wilson College a unique place to study and experience
environmental science and sustainability.
Studies majors and minors plan their programs in close collaboration
with faculty advisors. Careers in environmental fields require intensive
preparation; therefore, some students consider a double major or minor
in a related discipline. Students with special interests may develop
individual programs of study in collaboration with advisors from
appropriate disciplines. Our graduates have chosen to pursue graduate
work in ecology or environmental science, environmental policy,
environmental law, or find employment with private companies or
governmental or non-governmental organizations. Specifically, recent
students have interned with or been employed by the National Park
Service at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, the
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and Earthnet Energy among
others. Wilson also has a formal partnership with Vermont Law School.
program continues to grow. We will continue to adapt to our changing
student body and new local and global needs as they arise. Please
contact the Environmental Studies Department with questions.