The Environmental Science degree
program prepares students for careers in environmental monitoring and impact
assessment. Graduates have obtained jobs with state and federal regulatory
agencies and private consulting firms. Others are pursuing graduate degrees
in environmental assessment and environmental education.
The Environmental Science degree is an integrated program requiring math, communication, and environmental studies courses from the Integrated Science and Technology department, basic science courses from Geology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments, and course options in Business and Liberal Arts. Students in Environmental Science must complete the math and communication sequences in Integrated Science and Technology (IST) as well as 20 hours in Environmental Studies. Students must also complete 25 hours of basic sciences, 16 hours of upper level (300 or 400) science courses, and 18 hours of social science, art, literature, and humanities courses. When possible transfer students with prior college experience receive credit.
Students in the Environmental Science program begin with two years of basic courses in science, technology, communication skills and general education courses. In the third year students complete the 300 level strategic sectors common core in environmental policy and assessment. In the fourth year students add a second level of 400 level strategic sectors courses chosen to help them in their capstone research project in order to prepare them for employment or further study in the field.
The goal of the Environmental Science degree program is to prepare students for careers in the fields of environmental policy and assessment. These fields are changing rapidly and use technology in sophisticated ways. In their coursework and while completing course projects students learn to use the latest technologies and build a foundation that will allow them to adapt to the emergence of new technologies.