Environmental <br>Science

Program Overview 

Environmental science combines the scientific study of the living and non-living elements of the world.  The environmental science major at Canisius provides a strong background in the basic sciences as well as the flexibility to choose upper-class electives including:

  • Conservation biology
  • Community ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Environmental health
  • Plant biology
  • Entomology
  • Vertebrate zoology

You will actively learn science through hands-on training and how to use appropriate techniques and technologies in labs and two required internships.  Small class sizes and faculty advisement also enhance the learning experience.

You will also be well prepared for careers or for graduate school.  Recent graduates have been hired immediately after graduation by Ecology and Environment, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Alaskan Observers.  While others attend graduate schools including SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Miami University (Ohio). 

The major gives you theoretical and applied knowledge in the environmental sciences such as:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental regulation and monitoring
  • Environmental conservation
  • Environmental health sciences (toxicology, occupational health, health physics, industrial hygiene, water quality industry)
  • Ecological sciences.

In addition, the curriculum helps you get into graduate programs in the ecological, environmental health (health physics, microbiology, occupational health) and environmental sciences.

Required and recommended courses come from biology, chemistry, geology, philosophy and hydrology. It provides needed job experiences through the completion of two required internships.  If you are interested in graduate study in the environmental sciences, one internship may be replaced with independent research in the environmental sciences.

You are assigned advisors within the program and are encouraged to work closely with your advisor to discuss career expectations, choose major electives, plan internships and develop an entire academic program.  You must maintain an overall 2.0 G.P.A. in the major and support courses.

Two required internships strengthens career preparation and enhance classroom work.  Internships in risk assessment at Ecology and Environment led to job offers for Canisius students.  If you want to attend graduate school, an independent research project in environmental science can take the place of an internship.  Often this research is used for the foundation of the student's graduate research.