Academic Programs

B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy

Science Track

The Science Track of the ENV major provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental and conservation policy issues and processes and is complemented by course work in the natural sciences.

Policy Track

The Policy Track of the ENV major provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental and conservation issues from the perspective of the natural sciences and is complemented by course work in environmental economics and policy.

For details on the these tracks, see the Reese Institute Section in the University Catalog (see below).

Pre-Forestry and Pre-Environmental Management, 3+2 with Duke University

A dual-degree program with Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Students spend three years at Lenoir-Rhyne and two years at Duke. After completing 128 credits (104 L-RC and 24 Duke hours), a baccalaureate degree is awarded by Lenoir-Rhyne University. After two years at Duke the M.F. or M.E.M. degree is awarded by Duke. For more information on these programs, click here.

Program and Course Information


What Happens When You Graduate?

From plant identification and measuring water quality to calculating land values and mapping trails, you'll find that what you've learned while earning your ENV degree will definitely apply to the issues and challenges you'll encounter in the workplace.

Science Track

Those graduating in the Science Track can go on to find jobs in environmental organizations, government agencies, and education and recreation programs. Graduates with a ENV degree are needed for consulting firms that conduct environmental analyses through field data collection and laboratory analysis. Government and private property owners also need managers for their lands, parks, and natural resources. Graduates may also find positions doing environmental monitoring, regulation, landscape and tree care, or environmental restoration. With a strong scientific and technical background in natural resources, you'll also have a strong basis for continuing to graduate school in a wide range of fields like conservation biology, forest management, environmental law, and ecology.

Policy Track

Graduates of the Policy Track will also be well-equipped for jobs in environmental organizations, government agencies, education and recreation programs. Natural resource policy specialists are needed by public planning departments, consulting firms, environmental non-profits, and natural resource agencies. On the job, graduates may work in environmental preservation, public policy analysis and policy-making, natural resource management, city planning, or resource economic analysis. Your broad background in government, economics, and policy will make you an attractive candidate for graduate school in many fields including natural resource policy, environmental economics, public administration, and environmental law.


Graduate Program M.S. in Sustainability Studies (in Asheville)

For information on the M.S. program in Sustainability Studies at our Asheville campus, please consult with webpage for that program here.  








Reese Institute


Everything you need to apply for admission is right here.