Environmental Science Major

You want to protect the environment, and we're here to help you build a sustainable future.

Gain a broad scientific understanding of human influence on our natural world, from the molecular to a global scale, with our bachelor's degree in environmental science.

  • Our leading curriculum prepares you to solve environmental and associated human health challenges in a time of rapid ecological change. Current and prospective students can view the current curriculum and classes below.
  • Faculty mentors challenge you to apply that understanding to our planets most pressing issues related to soil, water, air, human health and our natural resources.
  • Field experiences tailored to your interests outfit you with the expertise, confidence and connections to critically evaluate and address sustainable management and remediation of our environment.

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Environmental Science Curriculum Guide

Review the curriculum guide (updated February 2018) and see the classes for the bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and each sub-plan.


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They are here to help new students navigate and get involved with the Environmental Science major in our department.

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You will gain a solid scientific foundation in biology, chemistry and physics.

Then, choose a sub-plan listed below for a more in-depth study.

Want to expand your knowledge of our ecosystems?

This path in our environmental science major emphasizes strategies to help you solve issues faced by civilization in its stewardship of Earth’s resources.

You will learn about environmental chemistry, environmental physics, environmental microbiology, biostatistics, geographic information sciences and professional development of environmental careers.

Unearth the mysteries of ecology.

This path in our environmental science major explores the interactions of microbes, plants, animals and humans with their physical and chemical environment.

You will learn how to apply biological principles to biodiversity, adaptation to global change, as well as habitat conservation, restoration and rehabilitation.

Learn how to advocate for our environment.

This path in our environmental science major teaches you environmental laws, regulations and policies.

You will learn how you can be a part of the response to pollution, waste management, biodiversity, natural resource management and climate change.

Develop engineered solutions to environmental problems.

The path in our environmental science major explores the intricacies of the chemical, physical and hydrogeological processes of the environment.

You will learn to apply these principles to environmental conservation and solve ecological challenges.