Coordinator: Jameson F. Chace, Ph.D.
The B.A. degree in Environmental Studies exposes students to the broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world, and to the tools required to understand and solve environmental problems. Climate change, water pollution, habitat loss, biodiversity decline, acid rain, and endocrine disruption are examples of recent environmental problems that require interdisciplinary thinking that crosses existing disciplinary boundaries. The tools required to address these problems are, by necessity, transdisciplinary and include fields such as natural resource management, land use planning, cultural, historic, and nature preservation, population, cultural and international studies, and ethics. Consequently, Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program, taught by faculty from across the University.
The major consists of 62-63 semester hours, including 20 courses, five of which fulfill core curriculum requirements, drawn from math and science, policy, ethics and society, and preservation. These courses are followed by student-directed research leading to a thesis in the senior year. The Environmental Studies major encourages students to address real-world problems through research, internships and field study.
Salve Regina University is uniquely poised to offer the environmental studies major because of our mission to be stewards of the earth, the talents of our faculty, the obvious connection with its beautiful surroundings, its geographic proximity to fresh and saltwater bodies, forests and farmland, and collaborations with local and regional groups, such as the Atlantic Division of the EPA, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, Graduate School of Oceanography of URI, and the Aquidneck Land Trust.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines: