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Environmental Studies


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About Environmental Studies

Do you see yourself as citizen of the planet? Do you have a vision to create a sustainable world by working side by side with government, business, and civil society to develop public policy and advocacy?

Environmental Studies will prepare you to be a leader in building an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable society, that balances the needs of people today with the needs of future generations, while promoting environmental justice and enhancing ecological diversity. Your studies will focus on the spectrum from global to local, with an emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, and hands-on participatory implementation.

Classes you can take:

World Sustainability, Natural History and Field Ecology, Environmental Law, Global Ethics, and Energy and Society

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Career Opportunities

With your Environmental Studies degree, you’ll have a whole array of career paths to choose from in education, park and open space preservation, solar construction, green practices, organic food markets, or in law as environmental attorneys. Other career options include working as energy conservation experts for utilities, heads of recycling programs or businesses, and project managers, environmental specialists and impact assessors for engineering firms working on pollution mitigation or infrastructures projects. Ramapo graduates also work for regulatory agencies, nonprofit corporations, planning departments, consulting firms, and corporations.

Considering graduate school? Ramapo College offers a Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Conservation Scientists$44,670 - $129,900
Foresters$54,870 - $103,020

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

As an Environmental Studies major, you will actively participate in fieldwork, internships, and study abroad opportunities, such as the American West program, the Venice program, and our semester-long South India program. A cutting-edge, hands-on learning site, the Sharp Sustainability Education Center is a custom-designed and green-built facility designed to demonstrate the components of a sustainable community, and currently includes solar and geothermal energy sources. The major also offers close faculty-student relationships through advisement, independent study, small classes, and interactive student organizations. You’ll have many opportunities for collaboration on projects, conferences, the annual Earth Week/ Month celebration, and the emerging movement to enhance campus sustainability while reducing the carbon footprint and ecological impacts of our collective everyday life at Ramapo.

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