Study environmental science and learn how the physical and biological processes that shape the natural world interact. Discover how we affect nature and come up with solutions to environmental problems.
What You’ll Study
The ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE program will provide the foundation to pursue academic and career goals through a diverse curriculum including research experience (that incorporates writing, oral communication and quantitative reasoning skills); an excitement for environmental science will be cultivated, promoting continued exploration in the field.
Through collaboration and innovative teaching pedagogy, students will become independent, critical thinkers in environmental science.
Faculty & Staff
Email any of our advisors with any questions you have about completing this program.
Environmental Science Program Overview
Students will learn how life and physical sciences help us understand environmental issues. Topics covered include biodiversity (the variety of living things in a natural area), water resources, and energy resources. You’ll listen to lectures, do a lot of reading, and be tested on your knowledge through writing assignments and exams. You might also complete group projects, take field trips, and analyze data on a computer.
Students will also have the choice to follow a Diversity Tier, Field Biology Tier, Biology Elective Tier, or Earth Science Tier
Here are some highlighted courses included in the Biology Major:
BIO 101 – Life Science
An introductory course for a student with a minimal science background. This course introduces the student to some of the fundamental aspects of life and the major concepts of biology, including scientific method, ecology, cells and molecules, genetics, DNA, biotechnology and evolution.
BIO 200 – Cell Biology
This course will cover the basics of cell biology including enzymes, membranes, signal transduction organelles, metabolism, the cell cycle, the cytoskeleton, cellular movement, DNA and gene expression.
BIO 224 – Introduction to Environmental Science
Open to majors and non-majors, this course surveys dynamics of water, air, geology and the biosphere. It also examines human activities that affect these resources. Guest speakers will discuss their roles in environmental science and potential career opportunities. BIO 101 is recommended as a prerequisite.
BIO 226 – Agroecology (Includes Lab)
This course explores the relationships and impacts of agricultural activities on natural ecological systems. Lectures will cover sustainable agricultural practices as well as socioeconomic factors that influence Agroecology. The laboratory will provide hands on experience in sustainable agricultural practices that students will explore and implement in their own eco-vegetable garden. Additionally, laboratory activities will include strategies used to maximize yield, space, and reduce contamination and waste in agricultural production.
BIO 301 – Conservation Biology
This course will focus on the scientific foundation and human dimensions of biological conservation. Students will explore major threats to biodiversity and discuss approaches for overcoming these threats in ways that balance the needs of people and nature. Through readings, lectures, and active learning exercises, students will understand the major principles in conservation biology. Contemporary issues that are fueling the shift to “conservation science” in recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of biological conservation will also be addressed. While this course has a natural sciences focus, students will apply social sciences concepts as they explore the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems. (offered every spring of even years).
BIO 401 – Ecology
The environmental factors operating within biotic communities as they influence the patterns, distribution, succession, growth and behavior of plants and animals.
What are the courses like in Environmental Science at NCWU?
Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s Environmental Science Program.
How does this degree prepare students for a career?
Students of Environmental Science undertake a general program in which they study living organisms and the systems and processes that permit life. Courses include subjects like cell biology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, and plant biology.
- Conservation Scientist
- Environmental Engineer
- Public Education
Careers such as laboratory technicians, industry scientists, outreach coordinators and research activists are also possible.
Wondering what you can do with a degree from NCWU’s Environmental major? Check out these resources from NCWU Career Development & Leadership and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!
The “B” Club
For all who love bees, honey, or being outside! The “B” Club’s purpose is to bring biodiversity to Wesleyan through the promotion of ideas that will bring new animals and plants to campus. NCWU students maintain a bee hive on campus along with maintaining future birdhouses, bird baths, and plants that will be brought to campus for the attraction of bats, birds, and butterflies. The “B” Club also acts as an advocate for sustainability and environmental protection and conservation. We also educate the campus and community on conservation, preservation, and biodiversity.
Advisor: Ayra Sundbom, email@example.com
Future Farmers of America
Get involved with NCWU’s FFA Program and learn different farming and agricultural techniques. The FFA program educates its members on farm animals and how to properly care for them. We will also endeavor to foster a healthy learning environment where our members will develop their leadership skills, promote positive personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Contact: Daniel Elias, DElias@ncwc.edu
NCWU Office of Undergraduate Research
The NCWU Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is supports and promotes opportunities for students in all disciplines to engage in advanced inquiry through research, creative, and scholarly experiences. To promote collaboration between faculty members and students, and to enhance professional advancement and life-long learning through research, scholarly, and creative experiences.
Learn about the NCWU Office of Undergraduate Research at ncwcresearch.com.
NCWU Science Club
The Science Club encourages students to pursue careers in science-related fields and keeps the university and community informed on health-related issues, as well as participating in community service.
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Elias, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect and follow the Biology department through social media and experience what life is like inside and outside of the classroom in the Biology, Biomedical, and Environmental Science programs at NCWU.
24/7 Tutoring Services. Free & Easy.
North Carolina Wesleyan University is partnered with Smarthinking, a complimentary online tutoring service, provided to all Wesleyan students. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and features live tutoring in the subjects of writing, reading, math, computer and technology, science and business.
Be engaged at NCWU!
Choose from 30+ student-led clubs and organizations to connect with other students who share your academic interests or… create your own.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
To simplify the transfer process, NC Wesleyan University has a number of partnerships with other community colleges, universities and institutions that allow students to enroll at NCWU with simple pathways. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to NCWU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.