Environmental Science Degree


Students may choose from two majors within the environmental science program: The Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Environmental Science or the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Natural Resources.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science/Natural Resources

The Environmental Science/Natural Resource major provides students with the skills and knowledge to be both productive in the workplace and to be better informed citizens. Most courses within the program contain embedded experiential learning components that may include field projects, lab analysis, round-table discussions, presentations at in-house and outside conferences, symposia, and other student-focused activities. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to undertake an internship. This program also encourages students to use their training to become leaders in educating others about the importance of tackling the environmental challenges faced by society.

The B.S. in environmental sciences/natural resources produces graduates who:

Critically read, evaluate and synthesize information from relevant geological and biological literature that addresses the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the environment;

  • Work individually and with others to evaluate the economic, social, ethical and scientific aspects of environmental problems;
  • Make observations and construct hypotheses to account for those observations; and
  • Articulate, in oral, written and graphical form (using computer software) the causes, scale and relative importance of emergent and persistent environmental problems, environmental change and sustainable human practices.

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The B. S. Degree in Integrated Environmental Science

This degree prepares students for technically oriented positions in the environmental field and places a strong emphasis on laboratory and fieldwork training. If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in the sciences, this is the track for you.

The B.S. in the Integrated Environmental Science seeks to produce graduates who:

  • Critically read, evaluate, and synthesize information from relevant geological, biological, and chemical literature related to environmental problems;
  • Work individually and with others to identify and evaluate environmental problems;
  • Apply appropriate tools, analytical equipment and concepts from mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and biology -- including the use of computer software -- to evaluate environmental problems;
  • Observe and measure, both in the field and in the laboratory, the organic, inorganic and physical aspects of environmental problems while applying the methods of science;
  • Design a research project to test hypotheses and draw conclusions based on knowledge of the sciences; and
  • Articulate, in oral, written and graphical form (using computers) assessments of environmental problems; and
  • Work effectively both individually and as part of a team.

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