Take your pick of careers with a major in environmental studies
Everyone’s talking about the environment, from our rising oceans to the growing list of endangered animals. The versatile Eckerd College Environmental Studies program takes advantage of our stunning natural setting in Florida to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time. Led by passionate professors, you’ll look at how politics, economics, science, history, ethics and philosophy influence human behavior in the natural world.
Report for class in the mangroves, freshwater marshes or palm hammock right on campus. Professors often make use of the many nearby keys, beaches, parks and wildlife areas as well.
Why wait for grad school to get research experience? Here you can help faculty study ospreys, local fishing attitudes, ecovillages or the economic valuation of local beaches.
Careers of all types
Our Environmental Studies majors go on to careers in teaching, natural resource management, urban design, natural resource law, environmental journalism and public health, as well as nature photography, filmmaking and art.
In Their Own Words
“I can’t imagine majoring in environmental studies anywhere but at Eckerd College! The mentor program, which pairs a student with a professor in the student’s major, ensures that each student is on track with his or her academic goals and that they graduate in four years, which parents really like! Mentors and other professors can identify internships and volunteer opportunities within biking distance of Eckerd—like Boyd Hill Nature Preserve or the Edible Peace Patch Project. The professors at Eckerd are actively conducting research in their field and often give students opportunities to participate. This year, through Winter Term, I sailed the Caribbean on a tall ship while conducting research. The environmental studies major allows for a significant amount of personalization through the selection of a wide variety of minors. Eckerd College is located directly on Boca Ciega Bay and is only a few miles from St. Pete Beach, which makes it a great place for both research and fun!”
– Cassidy Walker ’17
Eckerd College Student, Class of 2017
Beyond the Classroom
Work with our liberal arts professors on research topics ranging from estimating the economic value of the Sarasota Bay to using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to manage beach-nesting birds.
- Vet assistant, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
- Marine policy analyst, Environmental consulting firm
- Environmental writer, Florida Defenders of Wildlife
- Policy researcher, Sierra Club
- Graphic artist, Lowry Park Zoo
Our Environmental Studies Opportunity Database aids students in their search for internship, research, and job opportunities!
Study biodiversity in Suriname, shark biology in the Bahamas or safari through the East African Rift Valley.Study Abroad Pics on Flickr
Apply basic design principles to product, building, neighborhood and energy system design with a focus on minimizing environmental impact.
This course uses St. Petersburg as an urbanization model, giving students the background they need to develop their own research projects related to urban sustainability.
Open to students 24/7, our Geographic Information System (GIS) Computer Lab has 10 high-end Global Positioning System (GPS) units for students use, 28 high-speed computers with large monitors and a state-of-the-art projection system. The computers feature professional-grade GIS and Remote Sensing software.
Our Environmental Biology Lab is equipped with microscopes, water sampling equipment, field work equipment, live traps, scales and other resources for wildlife research.
The Earth Science Lab features rock samples and sediment sampling equipment.
What can I do with an environmental studies degree?
- Environmental Art
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Law
- Landscape Architecture
- Natural Resource Management
- Nature Filmmaking
- Public Health
- Scientific Journalism
- Urban Planning
Where our environmental studies majors go to graduate school
- American University
- Arizona State University
- Brown University
- Cornell University
- Duke University – Nicholas School of the Environment
- Florida State University College of Law
- New York University School of Law
- Boston University
- Texas A&M University
- George Washington University
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Where our environmental studies majors go to work
- American Cancer Society
- Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
- California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery
- Carolina Ocean Studies
- Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Galapagos Conservancy
- ICF International
- Marathon Bio-Diesel
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Ocean Conservancy
- Tampa Bay Watch
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency