Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies cover photo

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 
Environmental Students in Forest


  • Intro to Environmental Science (with lab)
  • Intro to Environment and Culture
  • Intro to Environment and Society
  • 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
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy internships
  • Environmental justice
  • Food systems and farming: scientific, sociological and political science research
  • Critical Zone Science; 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

Environmental Students in DC


  • Environmental Justice
  • Conservation Science (with lab)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Critical Zone Science (with lab)
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainability and spirituality in the Pacific Northwest

The Environment Center

Learn more about the Environment Center here.

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Environment Center Open House

We invite the college community of students, staff, and faculty to visit and learn about The Environment Center (EC) at this open house event. 

Learn more

Date | Time: Friday, March 31, 2023 | 2:30 PM
Location: The Environment Center on Kime Lane on Elizabeth Campus