Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study, which stresses an understanding of environmental problems and issues.

Environmental Science

Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program is designed to meet the needs of those students who are preparing for graduate study or who intend to pursue a career in the environmental sciences upon graduation. It is designed to provide a scientific perspective of humankind.

In addition to the standard degree options, a co-operative (3/2) forestry program is available.


Recent graduates from the Biology and Environmental Science Department have gone on to the West Virginia University School of Medicine, the Ross University School of Medicine, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, the Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

Other alumni are currently working with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, and a variety of other state and federal agencies.

Those who have pursued post-baccalaureate degrees have been to graduate schools at West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, University of Nevada at Reno, Marshall University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Oklahoma State in recent years.


The professional climate surrounding Davis & Elkins College offers Environmental Science students a wide range of possible internships. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all have main offices in Elkins. The Monongahela National Forest, the Fernow Experimental Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bowden Fish Hatchery are all nearby. Mead Westvaco's Wildlife and Ecosystem Research Forest is located nearby in Randolph County. In addition, The Nature Conservancy also maintains an office in Elkins.

Elkins is also a regional health center and is the county seat of government. Davis Memorial Hospital and the many physicians in private practice offer the potential for "shadow" internships in the health fields. There are also several veterinary clinics and the Randolph County Humane Society in Elkins for students interested in veterinary medicine.


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Combine love of outdoor activities with academic work by studying environmental science.

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