Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science major offered through the College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to study the relationship between humans and the natural world. The major is rooted in strong scientific foundations but also recognizes the importance of understanding economic, political and social systems.

New job opportunities are opening up every day as more and more major companies are recognizing the importance of becoming more sustainable.

There are many potential career paths for environmental science majors ranging from engineering to education, law and policy to environmental research, environmental advocacy to international affairs. A few of these positions include atmospheric scientist, marine biologist and botanist.

Why should I choose Environmental Science?

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment.  We have designed our major to have three vital components.

  1. Strong scientific foundations, environmental problems often reveal themselves as ecological systems fail but in order to fix underlying problems other biological sciences, chemistry, and physics are often needed;
  2. Inter-disciplinarily, solving environmental problems requires good science but also an understanding of the economic, political, and human social systems to get policies and technologies implemented;
  3. An applied program component, environmental scientists are problem solvers so it is necessary to give students more than just classroom exercises but real world experience.


Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program that requires courses from a number of departments.

All environmental science majors complete:

  • 23 semester credit hours of required biology courses including General Biology I & II, Environmental Science, Ecology and the Environmental Studies seminar
  • 8 hours of physics
  • 8 hours of chemistry
  • 6 hours of economics
  • 6 hours of mathematics.
  • 9 hours of science and math electives.
  • 6 hours non-science electives
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