Program Overview

Prepare to Respond to Today's Environmental Issues

Rider’s environmental studies major is unique and interdisciplinary in nature. You’ll study the scientific, cultural, political and social aspects of the interaction between human culture and the environment to prepare for dynamic careers solving diverse environmental challenges.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

This program features a broad and challenging curriculum with foundational courses in environmental and geosciences, including chemistry, physics and biology, followed by more in-depth coursework focused on the environmental and social sciences.

From Plan to Potential

Rider environmental studies graduates possess a solid foundation to enter career opportunities in environmental policy, advocacy, justice, nonprofit organizations and more. Students also continue their career development in graduate school studying non-science focused environmental studies and other disciplines. 

Common Careers

  • Environmental policy specialist
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Environmental studies professor
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Urban and regional planner
Olivia Barone '19

Alumni Success

“The GEMs department has allowed me to grow beyond what I thought for myself. I was truly allowed to shape my own experience. Through coursework advising, and internship opportunities, faculty have always been available to help and guide me through my four years and beyond. I have been granted so many opportunities that have helped me grow as an individual, and to launch my career. Through the hands on learning and personalized attention, the GEMs department exceeded my expectations of what my college experience would be like." 
— Olivia Barone ‘19

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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.

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Put Theory into Practice

Uncover knowledge with rich, hands-on experiences that extend learning beyond the classroom. Through internships, field experiences and research, you’ll apply the concepts and theories learned in an academic setting to the real world and acquire the knowledge and skills required for a wide range of potential careers.


Environmental Studies, B.A.

Kathleen Browne

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences

SCI 324C

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