Appreciate the Environment by Studying It

Explore the science of human interaction with the natural world. Learn environmental science using an integrated perspective with the flexibility to study sub disciplines such as climate change, conservation, environmental biogeochemistry, sustainability studies and more. Put your learning into practice by taking part in faculty-led research, internships and opportunities to get hands-on experience.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Turn Your Passion into a Career

Rider environmental sciences graduates leave well-prepared for productive careers in academia, government, industry and nonprofit institutions. The major also provides solid training for the exploration of graduate studies. So where can a Rider degree in environmental sciences lead you? 

Facts & Figures

* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


environment science jobs projected in the U.S. through 2028*


employment growth through 2028, faster than the average*


is the median annual salary for environmental science professionals*

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Major Requirements

This program features an interdisciplinary curriculum with coursework in geological, environmental, and marine sciences (GEMS), biology, chemistry, physics and social sciences.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

Jessica Munyan Class of 2016
I love doing all parts of the research — the collecting, analyzing and organizing the data and drawing conclusions — and communicating those findings to others, which is key. I learned all of that at Rider.
Jessica Munyan '16
Environmental Sciences (B.S.)
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How to Apply

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Learn Science by Doing Science

Environmental Sciences students participate in extensive laboratory and field studies. You’ll explore a rich diversity of ecological environments and acquire the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of potential careers.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for environmental sciences?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Environmental Sciences (B.S.)

Kathleen Browne

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences

SCI 324C

browne [at]


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