The B.S. degree is designed for students interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues. The major is designed to encourage breadth in the physical and life sciences and depth in a chosen area of scientific concentration, such as such as marine ecosystems, toxicology, hydrology and chemical cycling, or climate change. Students who receive the B.S. in Environmental Sciences are prepared for graduate study in a related field.
Possible careers include:
- Environmental advising on Capitol Hill or in other local, state or federal government agencies
- Environmental consulting
- K-12 education
- Research assistant in a university, institute, or other scientific agency
- Education at museums or other outreach settings
- Majors may also choose to enter a professional graduate program in medicine, law, business, or public health.
The B.S. degree stresses a firm foundation in the physical and life sciences and mathematics. Students are required to select five courses from six course options that focus on the the atmosphere, the biosphere, chemical cycling, the solid earth, the hydrosphere, and the interface between humans and the environment. A probability and statistics course is also required. The remaining required courses in the upper-level curriculum are selected from the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in consultation with the student’s advisor to form a concentration area.