What You’ll Learn
This interdisciplinary major starts with foundational courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy and Justice, Biology, Chemistry, and Math. You’ll then apply those skills in various upper-level courses and experiential contexts. Classes will often break out of the classroom and traditional lab settings for you to get hands-on experience in our community.
Through your studies, you will have the opportunity to explore our 1,100 acres of farm and forest as well as the thousands of acres of public land minutes away. Whether it’s traversing the Blue Ridge Parkway to explore forests at different elevations or examining samples of aquatic life from the Swannanoa River that runs through our campus, you’ll learn firsthand the skills necessary to succeed in your career.
You can choose to focus your studies by concentrating on Ecological Forestry. These vibrant ecosystems are being dramatically affected by the decisions society makes. To ensure they stay healthy, you’ll explore how they function and what affects them. In addition to taking core courses within Environmental Science, you’ll complete courses in Forest Biology, Silviculture, Forest Management, and Geographic Information Systems.