Environmental Science

Program Overview

Environmental issues represent some of the most important challenges facing the planet in the 21st century. As the nation's focus on the environment continues to grow, there is an ever-increasing demand for environmental science jobs. In fact, students seeking a career in this field can look forward to a far more robust job market than graduates of many other disciplines according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The goal of the Environmental Science program is to provide an interdisciplinary science foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment. Through a series of courses that span a variety of academic departments as well as co-curricular activities, students gain hands-on experience and obtain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to solve the complex, interdisciplinary environmental problems facing the local community and society at large. 

Individual Attention and Mentoring

Environmental science majors work in close cooperation with a faculty adviser to plan a course of study that is aligned with their developing interests. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research as an essential part of their educational program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental Science program will be prepared to:

  • Understand the theory of natural environment and its relationships with human activities
  • Develop scientific skills necessary to achieve an understanding of and solutions to environmental problems including critical thinking, familiarity with laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications and statistical techniques
  • Apply interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to environmental problems
  • Articulate a science-based understanding of environmental issues through written and oral presentation
  • Conduct scientific research and analyze environmental data and evaluate results in partnership with professors