Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science program provides an interdisciplinary foundation in environmental science within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Because of the broad spectrum of environmental fields, students are provided with flexibility in selecting a course of study that reflects their specific area(s) of interest (i.e., analytical laboratory studies, field-oriented biology, political science, or some combination). All students in the program are provided with a common foundation (the “Environmental Science Core”) and the opportunity to focus their studies in either the Science or Policy Track. This B.S. degree program (57 to 59 hours) prepares students for future study and employment leading to several possible career paths in government, industry, research, and academia. Independent studies and internships are encouraged.

Graduates of the environmental science program will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the place environmental science holds in society and preparedness to successfully pursue a career path; 
  • an understanding of the scientific method, including construction of hypotheses, data collection and analysis, and the formulation of conclusions;
  • an understanding of the basic concepts of environmental science, including: the unity and diversity of life, principles of ecology, processes of evolution, and an understanding of how humans influence and are influenced by their environment;
  • an ability to understand and critique primary scientific literature and communicate effectively to peers in written and verbal form.

Program Type

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Contact

Professor Rick Kopp

Program Options

Students majoring in Environmental Science must choose one track.


Core Courses 

(22 hours required)



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