Program Overview

The BS in Environmental Science explores how the various biological, physical and information sciences intersect to shape the natural world, while examining the impact of humans on the environment from multiple perspectives, including political, legal, economic, cultural, and sociological. You’ll use these lenses to analyze and interpret scientific data, conduct lab and field research, and examine solutions to many prevalent environmental issues.

Experiential learning is a major component of the program and offered in regional, national, and international settings. Your environmental studies practicum enables you to participate in domestic or international environmentally focused projects. You also have the options to complete a policy fellowship in Washington, D.C., conduct field research in environmental biology, chemistry, or engineering, or work with local nonprofits or governmental agencies. Additional study abroad opportunities and faculty-led international courses are also available.

Whether your main interest involves sustainability, agricultural production, environmental remediation or another specialty, this major provides the foundation for a range of careers. You may research the effects of climate change on coral reefs, forests and other ecosystems; investigate potential environmental health risks such as soil and water pollution; or work as an environmental consultant for a city, corporation, nonprofit or government agency.