Environmental Science

Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

From climate change and habitat destruction to air and water pollution, our planet faces a growing amount of environmental challenges. Environmental science, an interdisciplinary field that combines ecology, biology, zoology, oceanography, geology, chemistry and other sciences, can help innovate solutions. Common career paths: ecological scientist, wildlife biologist, land use planner.  

Learning and Working for the Environment

As a student in our Environmental Science program, you’ll explore the complex processes of the natural world, how humans fit in, and what we can do to create a positive impact. In addition, you'll get hands-on practical experience in the process. You will work in the environment, for the environment.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Your studies will reflect a variety of perspectives through coursework in biology, chemistry, geology and more. Along with deep knowledge of environmental science, our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program will arm you with the skills needed to thrive in the professional world—including written and oral communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Guided by Jesuit values, you’ll develop an informed approach to the ethical stewardship of our planet’s natural resources.

Hands-on Research Opportunities es

Our curriculum provides several opportunities for students to practice science, both in the laboratory and out in the field. Furthermore, our program offers opportunities for students to conduct research alongside a faculty member in their area of expertise, including ecosystem ecology, entomology, freshwater biology, ornithology and environmental health. You’ll learn how to read and interpret data, perform experiments, and sharpen your technical skills as a budding scientist. This in turn could lead to co-presenting at national and international conferences as well as the opportunity to co-author a study for a research journal.

Individual Attention and Mentoring

Through small classes, you’ll be able to bond with classmates and work directly with faculty. As experts in their field, they enjoy mentoring the next generation of scientists. You’ll also receive one-on-one advisement from the program director to identify the best area of concentration for you within the major. With all of this support, you can tailor your curriculum and academic experience, which will build your confidence as a future professional.

Internships

Completing two distinct internships as part of the program will give you hands-on work experience and exposure to a wide range of career possibilities. You’ll gain real-world practice in areas such as environmental monitoring and regulation, environmental consulting, urban ecology, sustainable agriculture, wildlife biology and conservation.

Recent internship sites include:

  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Cornell Laboratory for Ornithology
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Texas Conservation Corps
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Distinctions

Recent program graduates have accepted positions with leading environmental firms as well as state and federal environmental agencies. About half of Environmental Science students perform post-graduate work to open up additional career opportunities. (Employment numbers courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

8%

increase in projected employment from 2019-2029

$73,230

Median annual salary for an environmental scientist or specialist (2020), US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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