Bachelor of Science
in Environmental Science

Centenary’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in stewardship of the environment. The Environmental Science program provides a solid understanding of the interconnectivity of the Earth’s ecosystems and the applications of environmental laws.  It focuses on the relationship between the environment and our daily lives, with particular emphasis on environmental quality, stewardship of the land, human health, and how our local actions impact the global community. 

At Centenary College, Environmental Science students have the opportunity to participate in environmental research teams and investigate cutting-edge issues.

In addition to research opportunities on campus, Environmental Science majors may opt to participate in a number of internships for academic credit.  Our students are involved in internships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Geological Survey.  They have been involved with local wildlife rehabilitators and officers of clean ocean action.

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Environmental Science Student Groups

Centenary College has several student groups on campus with an environmental focus. The EVERGREEN group is a student-led club with a mission to promote sustainability on campus and in the community. Student members of the group are involved in the annual Beach Sweep sponsored by the Clean Ocean Action. Beach Sweep involves over 115 beach clean up sites and over 5000 volunteers. Members are also involved in Trout Unlimited river clean up efforts to restore natural trout spawning grounds. The EVERGREEN group leads the college initiatives in reusing, recycling materials, and reducing energy consumption on campus. They are actively involved in the Annual celebration of Earth Day every spring. Earth Day celebrations focus on Earth-friendly events for the Hackettstown community. Games and activities for kids, vendors, music, fashion show, and clean up of the town are all signatures of our Earth Day celebrations. EVERGREEN members also maintain and care for our community garden. The community garden project broke ground in 2011. Its goal is to grow and harvest local sustainable produce and donate it to local families in need. The student members of the group team up with food pantries in town and donate fresh produce through the summer and fall. They work with members of the college and Hackettstown community to care for the garden over the summer.

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The Centenary chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society in Biology, is active and thriving. Students in Tribeta have spearheaded community efforts such as the annual regional Earth Day science fair for K-8 students.

Learn More about the Beta Beta Beta, National Honor Society»

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Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science major provides students with a fundamental knowledge of many aspects of environmental science and marketable skills for either immediate employment or graduate studies.

The opportunities for environmental science graduates are abundant and varied.  The student with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is prepared and widely accepted for employment in such career areas as:

• Environmental Science
• Environmental Consulting
• Research
• Government
• Geoscience
• Oceanography
• Education

A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science is a recognized prerequisite for graduate programs in advanced environmental management and consulting.

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Invasive Shrimp

Dr. Lauren Bergey was interviewed by CBS local news about her studies of an invasive shrimp species.  With her help the state of NJ is hoping to understand the affects the shrimp have on our coast. 

Community Garden

Our annual community garden is a huge success each year. 

Students care for our Community Garden.