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Help forge a global movement to protect our planet. Volunteers lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen the understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness, in elementary and secondary schools, and to youth groups and community organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to protect and conserve the local environment. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

Students interested in the environment may focus on a concentration in:  Environmental Science or a related field; Natural Resources Conservation; Natural Resources or Wildlife Management; Biology, Botany, or Ecology; or Energy.

Students are required to take three courses from the following:

  • AE 175:  Sustainable Development: Anthropological Perspectives
  • AH 282: Green Architecture
  • AE 283: Environmental Justice
  • AE 284:  Environmental Ethics
  • AE 297:  Eco-Feminism
  • BI 74:  Biology of Food
  • BI/CH 76: Environmental Health
  • BI 79:  Latin American Ecosystems
  • BI 310: Community Nutrition
  • BI 319:  Zoology Field Experience
  • BU 220:  Environmental Law and Policy
  • CH 85:  Chemistry, Energy, and Environment
  • EG 31: Fundamentals of Engineering   
  • ENW 325: Environmental Reporting
  • EG 390, 391: Senior Design
  • EV 298:  Environment Internship*
  • PO 131: International Environmental Policy
  • PS 93: Energy and the Environment

Students must also build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity, such as:

  • Educating the public on environmental or conservation issues i.e. LEAF student club (Leadership for Environmental Action at Fairfield), Campus Sustainability Committee grant, etc.
  • Working on environmental campaigns (i.e. for the federal government through a semester-long program of study in Washington, D.C., such as the Washington Internship Institute)
  • Conducting biological surveys of plants or animals as a faculty-led research project
  • Gardening, farming, nursery management, organic or low-input vegetable production, or landscaping on the campus garden, or at a local farm such as Sport Hill Farm, etc.
  • Providing technical assistance and training in natural resource management to local NGOs, community groups, or school children
  • Interning with the Global Scholars Program at a relevant site such as Iracambi, Brazil
  • Enrolling in a service learning or practicum course, such as:
    • EV 298:  Environment Internship*
    • BI 319:  Zoology Field Experience: Students will be involved in various research projects in the rainforests of Brazil
    • ENW 325: Environmental Reporting

*Students may choose an internship from a variety of organizations involved in environmental science, environmental policy, environmental economics, and environmental law, including: African Sky, Alpine Tree-Line Warming Experiment (Colorado), Animal Embassy, Aquarion Water Company, the Fairfield campus garden, City of Bridgeport, Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Connecticut Audubon Society, Dyer Island Conservation Trust (South Africa), Keep America Beautiful, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, State Parks, Sport Hill Farm, Town of Fairfield, etc.  Please visit the Environmental Students program page for a complete list of Environmental Studies internships.

Students are required to have field experience hours and service learning courses determined or confirmed in writing by the faculty member teaching the course.

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