More About the ENVS Program

Trinity College's location in the capital of Connecticut offers a wide range of opportunities for the study of a complex urban environment and direct contact with city, state, and federal regulatory agencies. Although many people equate environmental science with the natural world, most humans live in metropolitan areas. These areas have a tremendous impact on the environment: energy, water, food, housing and transportation. The urban focus of the Environmental Science program is enhanced by opportunities for study in many nearby rural areas such as state and municipal parks.  Woods, fields, and streams at these sites provide ideal locations for biological and geological studies and for comparative rural and urban studies.

Study within the major can be structured to meet any of the following objectives:

  • Preparation for further graduate study within the sciences

  • Development of a rigorous science background from which to pursue graduate-level training in a professional program such as law, planning, medicine, business, or environmental engineering

  • A thorough grounding in environmental science as the principal component of a liberal arts education.

Why should you come to Trinity?

  • Our program is extremely hands-on. Students spend a good part of their time in the lab, in the community or farther afield, collecting and analyzing real data. Over half of our majors are engaged as research assistants in faculty research projects, ranging from ornithology, biology, environmental chemistry and toxicology  to climate change, geology and geophysics.

  • Our location in Hartford, less than a mile away from the State Capitol, and excellent contacts to Trinity's Public Policy and Law program allow for an integration of science and policy.

  • Want to go abroad? No problem! In the past two years 75% of our students spent at least one semester abroad, studying in places like Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Denmark or Tanzania. We work closely with Trinity's International Programs Office to make your stay abroad as successful and easy as possible.