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College of Arts and Sciences

Environmental Sciences/Environmental Studies

Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary academic field that combines physical and biological sciences with the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems.  Environmental science includes the study of the impact that humans are having on the environment. The creative, interdisciplinary approach offered by the school helps equip students with the background and skills needed to address the pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Graduates in this field can work at private environmental and industry firms, in government, or with national and regional nonprofit organizations.  Many also pursue careers as scientific researchers. The employment outlook in this field is bright as heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment is expected to spur demands for environmental scientists and specialists.

Undergraduate: B.A. in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies degree incorporates critical social, economic, policy, communications, and/or humanities components that are not within the BS degree. The curriculum prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and understanding from multiple social and science disciplines that are framed in an environmental context. Students learn to make sound analyses and judgments about interdisciplinary environmental challenges, and to seek and develop sustainable solutions that productively integrate social and economic needs with scientific and technical understanding.  Environmental Studies majors may combine coursework in sustainability, anthropology, political science, geography, history, economics, business, media arts, and journalism to create an individually-tailored curriculum relative to their career goals.

Undergraduate: B.S. in Environmental Science

Environmental Science degree is designed to give students a strong scientific background, while allowing them the flexibility to choose courses that address their specific interests. This interdisciplinary curriculum can include courses from the Environment, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Mathematics, Economics, Political Science, Physics, Engineering, and Environmental Health Science to create an individually-tailored curriculum. Environmental Science majors may choose to specialize in climate systems, energy and infrastructure, natural systems, health and environment, water resources, or other specialties according to their individual interests.

Graduate: M.S.

The Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management (M.E.E.R.M.) program, offered by the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, trains graduate students for management positions in earth and environmental resources, sustainable development within ecosystems, or safe and effective use of man-made materials in the environment.


Director of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Envrironment
Carol Boggs

Undergraduate Director
Gwendelyn Geidel

Graduate Director
Joseph Quattro

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