Environmental Science is the study of the interactions of our society with Planet Earth. Environmental Scientists use a combination of field and laboratory research in order to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that underlie these interactions and use this information to make informed decisions regarding such important issues as water resources, environmental protection, and remediation of contaminated ecosystems. Students learn the foundational concepts of environmental science and blend this with a diverse combination of upper level classes across the sciences in order to prepare them for either employment in the environmental industry or advanced research degrees.
Students who select this major go on to further academic study at advanced levels, lucrative careers in the private sector, government/public service, and non-profit organizations. The job market for environmental scientists is very strong. Employment opportunities include regulatory and other governmental agencies, conservation groups, and industry, especially the numerous environmental and engineering consulting firms throughout the region. Some students choose to pursue advanced research degrees. Employment opportunities for BS students commonly focus on issues of environmental planning and remediation, engineering, biodiversity, water quality and contamination, and natural resource conservation.
The Environmental Science BS is an interdisciplinary degree program that provides the student with a very well-rounded background in the sciences. Students complete a sequence of courses in biology, mathematics and chemistry, and combine this with classes from geology, geography, and economics in order to gain an understanding of the nature of environmental problems and the socioeconomic factors that influence them. The capstone for this major is the Senior Research Seminar in which students gain experience with studying actual environmental issues and methodologies to resolve them.
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Enviornmental Studies (only for students entering the program prior to 2008) Find out about the differences between the new and old BS degree under Related Links.
- Minor in Environmental Studies
- Program goals, advising sheets, flow charts for BS major (college web site)