The Environmental Biology Track is designed for students with environmental or conservation interests. Our students receive broad-based training in plant and animal identification, natural history, population ecology, geology, conservation, and policy issues that affect natural resources. Course offerings let students to pursue interests in a diversity of fields, which include:
Coursework is linked with laboratory and field research including Chowan’s Greenhouse, summer field courses, and off-campus field trips. Located in the coastal plain of northeastern North Carolina, our rural setting makes Chowan University an ideal place for environmental study. Pristine bottomland hardwood forests, cypress swamps and blackwater rivers are minutes away from Chowan. Outfitted with GIS maps, GPS receivers and other field equipment, including the Department’s boat, students take their lab training outdoors applying classroom lectures to experiential learning.
Nearby federal and state lands, provide our students with opportunities to study in a variety of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. These public lands include:
• Meherrin River Field Site
• Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
• Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
• Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
• Cape Hatteras National Seashore
• North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve System
• Merchants Mill Pond State Park
Chowan University is proud to offer many hands-on experiences to our students. Currently, our campus boasts a greenhouse and a community garden, and we have access, by boat and land, to an incredibly diverse ecosystem in our Field Site along the Meherrin River.