Environmental Science

Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

From air pollution and unsafe water to the hot button topic of climate change, our world faces growing environmental challenges. Enroll in the Environmental Science program to understand the complex processes of the environment and how solutions to environmental problems are developed. Become an environmental consultant, conservationist, ecological scientist, environmental chemist or many other careers focused on understanding and improving our environment. If you want to make a difference, consider environmental science.

Program Description

Your studies will be far-reaching with coursework covering biology, chemistry, geology and more. The program emphasizes experiential learning through research, laboratory exercises, and internships that provide students with hands on experience for a wide range of career choices. Your studies may include research in areas such as ecosystem and community ecology, entomology and ornithology, freshwater biology and environmental health.

You will learn to read and interpret data, perform experiments, and sharpen technical skills in science. Faculty perform scientific research in their discipline with students, giving you the opportunity to present work at national and international conferences and publish in research journals.


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 additional career opportunities. (Employment numbers courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Projected employment growth of environmental scientists and specialists from 2014-2024 (faster than average)

Faculty-Student Collaboration

Because scientific research experience is often vital to future academic or professional study, students are encouraged to actively participate in research performed by faculty in their discipline, as well as develop their own, independent research projects.

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