Marian Rubin ’16 liked the idea of being a big fish in a small pond at DelVal, and the small classes sizes have aided her in ways she never knew they would.

“Having small classes allows for the students at DelVal to connect with their professors on a level that is less achievable at large schools,” Rubin said. “All of my professors have been extremely personable and genuinely care about getting to know me and my plans for the future.”

Hands-on learning lends itself nicely to her area of study.

“As an environmental science major, a majority of my labs are spent outside and I love it,” she said. “Not only do I get to learn about natural process by reading a book, I got to observe these processes as they are occurring right in front of me. This has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the natural environment and the interconnection of biological, chemical and ecological processes occurring simultaneously.”

Rubin hoped to find a career that integrates the scientific foundation of her undergraduate education in environmental science with the newfound policy development skills from her graduate policy studies program.

“I’m passionate about talking to people about the changes foreseen in the natural environment,” said Rubin. “And what measures will need to be made to provide the sustainability of resources.”

Marian Rubin was a student in our 4+1 program for policy studies. By participating in this program, students will receive both a bachelor’s degree from DelVal and the master’s degree in policy studies. Students will apply 12 graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree, permitting them to complete the M.A. within a single calendar year after receiving a bachelor’s degree.