As a geography or environmental major at Villanova, you will investigate important domestic and global environmental problems, learn how to help create a more sustainable world, and learn essential technical skills. You will get outside the classroom for engaged learning that reflects important dimensions of scientific literacy, participate in internships, study abroad, community projects, and collaborative research with faculty. You may also participate in sustainability projects on campus such as recycling and energy efficiency, and participation through environmental clubs.
In all of our majors, you will enroll in interdisciplinary courses taught by a dynamic and research active faculty from the social and natural sciences.
News and Notes:
Department Students and Faculty Featured in the 2017 President’s Report: This year’s President’s Report features a section on sustainability initiatives on campus and includes several of the Department’s students and faculty! You may access the President’s Report here.
The Department and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the official launch of the MS in Environmental Science program on 26 January 2017. For more information click here.
What you will Learn:
Geography is an exciting discipline with great variety and tremendous relevance in the modern, globalized world. It is often said that you can make your own history, but you have to live with your geography. Geographers examine the content of space and explain the dynamics of what is taking place in that space. Geographers study important topics such climate change, political and economic systems, natural hazards, and population and demographics just to name a few.
Fundamental Environmental Processes
The Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs are complementary and both provide a fundamental scientific understanding of environmental processes. Environmental specialists examine the science of the environment and develop solutions to some of the most important problems of our time. Students enrolled in our environmental majors work at the nexus of the natural and human landscape, and both majors are grounded in research, a rigorous science foundation, problem–solving methods, data analysis, and developing open–ended solutions to complex environmental issues.
Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Environmental Justice and Sustainability is focused upon the social science of decision-making around some of the most important global challenges of our time: climate change, the potential of fair trade, and of domestic and international initiatives to protect the environment.
Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Science and Policy gives students a deeper understanding of the ways in which scientific knowledge and discovery is used to form environmental policy.
These courses will teach you how to use very powerful analytical tools such as digital elevation models, satellite imagery, Geographic Information Systems, and GPS to solve pressing geographic and environmental problems. These are some the highest technology platforms on campus and our industry partners tell us that these skills are in high demand in the work place.
The number of careers in geography and environmental fields are growing rapidly. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 25 percent increase in demand for environmental specialists and geospatial specialists. To this end, a rigorous foundation in the disciplines offered by our Department yields significant benefits for our graduates. Students in our programs leave Villanova with a highly competitive and marketable education, and they are well situated to compete in today’s job market. We firmly believe that our programs are preparing our students well for their challenges following graduation. Since 2012, 93% of our students are positioned in jobs related to their major, or are attending a high–quality graduate or professional school.
Your opportunities are exciting and the options are great!