Why at E&H?

Students who love the outdoors often want to find a career where they can be out in it as much as possible. This is the place for that!

The mountains around Southwest Virginia are not only beautiful, but are incredibly interesting for those who want to dive in deep - as students of this unique ecosystem! Here are three programs where you can dive in!

Geography

Geology Field Trip at one the Emory & Henry students' favorite spots - Buzzard Rock on Wh... Geology Field Trip at one the Emory & Henry students' favorite spots - Buzzard Rock on Whitetop Mountain - one of Appalachia's rare bald ecosystems, over a mile high, on Virginia's second highest mountain, which is volcanic in origin.Our Geography students study the multiple forces that determine what places are like.  They learn all about climate, soil, geomorphology, mapping, land use, economic development, legal systems, hazards, migration, urbanization, geopolitics, and ethnic diversity.  They also learn to use Geo Info Systems (GIS). They go on to careers in planning, economic development, Geo Info Systems, resource conservation, land management, teaching, and recreation management. 


Environmental Science

Geography students perched in a 200-year old Live Oak, as part of a field exploration of southern... Geography students perched in a 200-year old Live Oak, as part of a field exploration of southern Louisiana and New OrleansOur Environmental Studies majors learn many aspects of Environmental Science and Policy. The course work includes Biology and Chemistry but focuses more on environmental problem-solving.  Courses include Environmental Monitoring, Environment and Planning, Wildlife Monitoring, Environmental Policy, and Research Experience.  They go on to careers in environmental protection, habitat restoration, wildlife management, recreation management, environmental research, and teaching. 


Food Studies

Students work with Professor Deni Peterson in the Organic Emory & Henry Garden. Students work with Professor Deni Peterson in the Organic Emory & Henry Garden.Our Food Studies minor allows students to become proficient in organic food production while also understanding the food system as a whole - how it works, what needs to change, in order to provide healthy and sustainable food supplies for families while protecting the ecosystem.

World of Work

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title"/><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><ul><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Exposure to career paths and work experiences throughout coursework, including alumni guest speakers.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Applied skills assignments, research projects, and case studies acquaint students with the the work of this field.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Optional internships uniquely selected to match a student’s skills and interests.</span></li></ul></div>

Handcraft this Major

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title"/><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><ul><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Concentrations in sustainability and geographic information systems (GIS).</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Uniquely designed projects and internships.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Add a certificate in Applied Data Analysis</span></li></ul></div>