Major

Students majoring in Environmental Science prepare for a variety of careers in the private and public sector. Environmental scientists perform environmental impact analyses, weather forecasting and climate simulations, air quality monitoring and control, water/soil pollution assessment and remediation, water resource management, and resource exploration and development. This major is highly interdisciplinary and provides strong foundations in physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Upper-level electives allow students to tailor the program to acquire the tools to work in a wide range of environmental consulting and forecasting careers.

The major has three options: 

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geoscience 

The Atmospheric Science option is for students interested in meteorology, weather forecasting, climatology and air pollution, and fulfills the education requirements for federally employed meteorologists. The Environmental Science option is for students focused on addressing human impacts on the environment and major environmental challenges including climate change, pollution, and sustainability. The Geoscience option is for students interested in the geologic environment including mineral resources, geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. Both Environmental Science and Geoscience options provide training in hydrogeology, soil sciences, biogeochemistry, and geographic information systems (GIS).

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5 Year BS/MS Program

Students are encouraged to enroll in the Bachelor’s to Master’s program to acquire both BS and MS degrees in only five years. The option is open to students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above. In the BS/MS program, six credits of graduate-level coursework (5000 or higher) may be used toward both of the student’s graduate and undergraduate degrees. An additional six credits of graduate-level coursework may be taken during the student’s undergraduate career and then transferred to the MS degree, for a total of 12 transferred credits. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required and the application fee is waived. The program provides the benefit of acquiring master’s level skills and credentials in as little as one additional year and provides students with a competitive advantage for the work place. For more information, see the graduate catalog.

For additional information about programs contact the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.