Why Choose Nazareth for Environmental Science and Sustainability?

Studying ocean health. Protecting endangered species. Measuring the effects of development on vanishing habitats. Advocating for public policy. An environmental science and sustainability degree from Nazareth College gives students a broad view of environmental issues in their political, social, and economic contexts as well as the scientific skills to become effective stewards of the planet.

Our students acquire a solid foundation in ecology, chemistry, and biology, with field study a priority. Classes make regular field trips to nature preserves, local streams, and the Adirondacks to identify organisms and measure pollution impact. Environmental science majors are also required to complete a field study project or internship. For example, students have measured the effects of human impact on local streams and participated in internships at the Genesee Land Trust and N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation.

Today, environmental scientists are being hired in every industry—from parks and forestry, to government research, to the development of "green" technology, even to environmental law. By combining scientific and liberal arts perspectives, Nazareth gives students the flexibility to pursue any number of careers in this rapidly growing field.

Program Highlights

  • Research-driven program with an emphasis on field study.
  • Small classes; individual attention from faculty.
  • Environmental science majors learn research methodology and laboratory techniques, as well as how to apply biological principles to solving environmental problems.
  • Expanded lab space at the new Integrated Center for Math and Science supports individual student research.

Typical Class Schedule


Contact Information

William L. Hallahan

William L. Hallahan

Professor of Biology in Biology
Peckham Hall 131
Matthew Conheady, biology alum; environmental science major, environmental science degree program

Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Conheady '99

Founder of NYFalls.com

“I was very impressed with the variety of knowledge the faculty had and the expansive resources at Nazareth, especially the technology."

Example Careers

  • Air/water quality assessment and remediation
  • Fishery and wildlife conservation
  • Land/water conservation
  • Hazardous waste removal and site remediation
  • Parks/outdoor recreation
  • Environmental law

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Genesee Land Trust
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Atmosfair, Berlin, Germany
  • University of Massachusetts Marine Laboratory
  • Cornell Agricultural Research Station
  • Field Museum, University of Chicago
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF program) at University of Buffalo
  • Biodiversity conservation as part of semester in Costa Rica

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • University of Chicago
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse
  • University of Vermont Law School
  • University of Buffalo
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Environmental Health and Safety, Toxic Release Monitor