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Environmental Science, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Get hands-on experience with scientific study of the environment, developing an understanding of Earth's ecosystems and how to preserve them for future generations.

Environmental science students have the unique opportunity to develop their knowledge across all principles of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. Our faculty members and their research also cover environmental ethics and environmental justice.

Program Highlights

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    Science Preparation

    Build a solid foundation in science with a diverse knowledge of policy.

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    Specialized Courses

    Take courses based on climate, energy, water resources or other specializations based on your scientific interests.

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    Beyond the Classroom

    Conduct research alongside fellow students and professors. Field research is an essential part of our school's programs.

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    Engaged Faculty

    Learn from our large and diverse faculty with broad scientific expertise in a variety of specializations.

What You’ll Study

You will have the opportunity to address complex environmental problems incorporating critical social, policy, communications, economic and/or humanities components. The knowledge and understanding gained from multiple social and science disciplines are framed in an environmental context.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Systems Analysis

    Studying and improving complex systems to optimize performance and efficiency

    Understand Complexity

    Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Educator
  • Policymaker
  • Private Consultant

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Academia
  • Private Industries
  • Laboratories
  • Field Work

What I love about environmental science as a major is that it’s so interdisciplinary. I’ve taken so many different classes and overcome the challenges of learning different sciences. The fact that I can be well-versed from geology to physics is going to be really important for my future career.

Emma Sylves-Berry
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