Program overview

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.

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Program 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

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.

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Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Environmental Studies, B.A.

Alexander Grushow

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Earth and Chemical Sciences

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

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Academic Focus: Chemistry

Facade of Science and Technology Center