Environmental Science (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science provides students with a strong science background focused on the environmental issues of the future. Through lecture, lab and field classes, you will get hands-on experience with biology, chemistry, the geosciences, physics and math. This course of study teaches you how to draw connections between these disciplines in order to solve the complex, interdisciplinary environmental problems facing the local community and society at large. The environmental science program is embedded in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences allowing you to synthesize diverse approaches to the environment in the social sciences and humanities. Through coursework and independent study, you will develop the tools needed for scientific research, technical writing and grant preparation. you will be prepared to begin working in the sciences or continue your education upon graduation through a culminating capstone experience that gives you the opportunity to work with a scientist on your own undergraduate research project or to intern with a community group to gain practical experience. You will be prepared to enter government, academic, private or non-profit careers or to continue your education in a variety of scientific disciplines.

Career options

Students with the B.S. degree can go on to work with some of the following organizations in addition to pursuing careers in education, policy and other fields that mesh natural and social sciences and humanities.

Student learning outcomes

Students who complete this degree will:

  • Be conversant in theoretical concepts of the biological and physical sciences and their application to understanding and studying the environment;
  • Develop a basic understanding of the humanities and social sciences, and the interdisciplinary connections between these subjects and the natural sciences, in order to understand and solve environmental issues;
  • Develop advanced scientific skills necessary to achieve an understanding of and solutions to environmental problems including physical and biological measurement techniques, statistical data analysis, hypothesis formulation and conceptual modeling, research project design and working collaboratively;
  • Exhibit the ability to interpret and communicate information related to environmental issues in written and oral forms appropriate to both scientific and non-technical audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply interdisciplinary training to environmental problems of local, regional, national or global significance;
  • Understand the role of individuals and participate in the creation of solutions for environmental problems;
  • Participate in engaged inquiry as a means of connecting classroom learning to real-world environmental problem solving and establishing the skills needed for life-long learning.

Our student learning objectives follow the model set forth by Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). LEAP is an initiative that champions the value of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality. The initiative focuses campus practice on fostering essential learning outcomes for all students, whatever their chosen field of study.