What courses will you take?
The Environmental Science major offers two programs, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and the other to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science.
Both degree programs are highly interdisciplinary. You will take courses offering a comprehensive understanding about the earth, the environment and human impacts, as well as a firm base in science and mathematics.
Many of our courses provide hands-on experiences through field trips, applied measurements in the field and analyses in analytical laboratories to measure major and trace elements and pollutants.
As an environmental science major, you can choose between three degree options.
- Environmental Science Option (B.S. degree) — Gain an understanding of human impacts on the environment and major environmental challenges, including climate change, pollution and sustainability. You will graduate prepared for employment in the private and government sectors. Courses for Environmental Science Option (B.S. degree)
- Geoscience Option (B.S. degree) — Gain knowledge in the geologic environment, including mineral resources, geochemistry and paleoclimatology. You will graduate qualified for a variety of geological employment opportunities in the petroleum and mining industries. This concentration is recommended for students who wish to obtain certification as earth science teachers. Courses for Geoscience Option (B.S. degree)
- Sustainability Option (B.A. degree) — Build a strong foundation in environmental and sustainability science and the policy know-how to translate science into action. Courses cover natural and political sciences, economics, public health, and legal studies, equipping you for careers in environmental policy, governance, social equity, environmental sustainability, and climate change mitigation and resilience. Courses for Sustainability Option (B.A. degree)