Environmental Science

Program Features

Environmental science is the study of the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment.

Whether it's studying global climate change or researching tropical deforestation, students in Xavier's program take steps toward solving environmental problems to help make the world a more sustainable place.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Environmental Science major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Biology 160: General Biology I............ 3cr.
  • Biology 161: General Biology I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • English101 or 115: Composition or Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Biology 162: General Biology II............ 3cr.
  • Biology 163: General Biology II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro............ 3cr.
  • Core 102: GOA............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Biology 250: Ecology............ 3cr.
  • Biology 251: Ecology Lab............ 1cr.
  • Mathematics 140/150 or Mathematics 156............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Lit & the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 260: Intro Environmental Science (DCR)............ 3cr.
  • Biology 261: Intro Environmental Science Lab............ 1cr.
  • ENVS - Non Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Economics 200: Microeconomics............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Physics 160: College Physics............ 3cr.
  • Physics 161: Introductory Physics Lab I............ 1cr.
  • Math or Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • ENVS - None Science Elective*............ 3cr.
  • Math 140/150 or Math 156............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Physics 162: College Physics............ 3cr.
  • Physics 163: Introductory Physics Lab I............ 1cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science or General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Biology 495, 497 or 498: Internship/Methods BR I............ 2cr.
  • Science or Math Elective............ 5cr.
  • Economics 320: Natural Resource Economics E/RS............ 3cr.
  • General Elective (DCR)............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 495, 496 or 499: Internship/Methods BR II............ 2cr.
  • Biology 398: Environmental Studies Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Science or Math Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Course............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Environmental Science major at Xavier:

Ecology (BIOL 250) - The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments.

Intro to Environmental Science (BIOL 260) - In this introductory course, students will examine how natural and human activities alter natural ecosystems resulting in environmental problems at both local and global scales. Students will be introduced to concepts of sustainability and solutions for current and future environmental problems that humanity will encounter.

Methods of Biol Research I (BIOL 498) - Development of a research project emphasizing experimental design, controls, gathering and interpreting experimental data from living organisms. Projects vary depending on faculty advisor. Intended for Seniors.

Natural Resource Economics (ECON 320) - Economic analysis of managing the environment and allocating natural resources. Historical roots and ethical consequences of existing problems and policies are explored.

Clubs

Xavier Student Sustainability Club

Xavier Student Sustainability (XSS) provides students with opportunities to actively promote environmental initiatives on Xavier's campus and in the surrounding communities. Ongoing projects include move-in day recycling, office composting and educational events.

Animals, People & The Environment at Xavier

Animal lovers in this club host monthly events that advocate for animal rights. They also educate the wider Xavier community about animal rights and its impact on people and the environment.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's undergraduate Sustainability & the Environment programs, including Environmental Science, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Account Executive, Chemical Safety & Regulatory Specialist, Earthlinks Program Assistant, Independent Care Provider, Operations Manager, Solar Sales Supervisor

Top Companies: U.S. Army, Monroe County Environmental Health Department, Urban Servant Corps, Crossroad Health Center, Indianapolis Zoo, Visionworks of America, Boy Scouts of America

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Campus Sustainability

Xavier's Jesuit tradition promotes the ongoing welfare of our community. Our campus is designed and constructed to meet and exceed U.S. Green Building Council's LEED silver standards.


Campus Sustainability Plan

Professional Mentors

Our students have the opportunity to connect with a mentor through our Career Services office. Students get matched to find guidance, support and career connections.


Mentor Program

Holistic Education

Solving environmental problems requires good science but also an understanding of economics, politics, physics and math. Xavier’s liberal arts curriculum allows students to explore many topics.


Environmental Science Major at Xavier University

Whether the issue is global climate change, tropical deforestation, or invasive plant species, public concern over environmental issues is on the rise. With this understanding comes the need for informed and educated individuals to play key leadership roles to find solutions to these and many other environmental problems. Xavier University recognizes its responsibility in training the next generation of environmental professionals and is proud to offer an interdisciplinary Environmental Science major.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."