Environmental Studies

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The Environmental Studies Program at Roanoke College engages you in:

  • investigating pressing local, regional, national and global environmental problems
  • gaining insight into your relationship with nature
  • shaping your role in creating an equitably sustainable world 

The Major [B.S. degree]:

MAJOR CHECKSHEET: Environmental Studies (After Fall, 2015)Environmental Students in Forest


  • Intro to Environmental Science (with lab)
  • Intro to Environment and Culture
  • Intro to Environment and Society
  • Ecology (with lab)
  • Earth Systems Science (with lab)
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Practicum


  • Environment, Society and Science: Environmental Social Sciences grounded with scientific literacy
  • Conservation and the Earth's Critical Zone: Scientific exploration of environment, emphasizing Ecology and Earth Science

The Minor:

MINOR CHECKSHEET: Environmental Studies Minor

Three Introductory Environmental courses and three Environmental Studies upper-level courses


  • Urban agriculture
  • Agroforestry at the Catawba Sustainability Center
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy internships
  • Ants as bioindicators for forest restoration in Vermont, and agroecosystems research in Virginia, and in Northern India
  • Food systems and farming: scientific, sociological and political science research
  • Earth Systems Science, Critical Zone Science; climate change and land use impacts at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, Sumter National Forest, South Carolina
  • GIS-applications to environmental problems
  • Community ecology and invasive species in Roanoke Valley
  • Societal impacts of mountaintop removal
  • Native Americans, indigenous cultures, Asian religions and environmental thought


  • Conservation Science (with lab)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Critical Zone Science (with lab)
  • Animals of India: Conservation and Culture (May Term 2016 trip to India)
  • Yucatan, Mexico, Semester Abroad: Conservation of biological and cultural diversity, led by Dr. Banschbach, Chair, Environmental Studies, featuring courses in Conservation Science; Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems; Archaeology of Mayan Communities; and intensive Spanish language; SPRING 2017

Environmental Students in DC

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Dr. Faith Harris with Roanoke College faculty and local faith leaders: People of Faith and Environmental Justice: The Intersection of Theology and Ecology

An interfaith panel discussion addressing the theological and scriptural foundations for environmental justice issues.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Location: Williams Memorial Baptist Church, 2105 Carroll Ave NW, Roanoke, VA