Environmental Science

What is environmental science?

Environmental science is a growing field with employment opportunities in many different sectors from profit and nonprofit to healthcare and government industries.

Success factors

If you enjoy learning and trying to understand the complexity of our world – from biological processes to how humans affect nature – if you are eager to study about environmental problems and possible sustainable solutions that are influenced by social, political and economic aspects, studying environmental science is for you!

Career possibilities

Many career possibilities are available in the field due to an increasing demand for professionals with environmental science backgrounds.

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Forest ranger
  • Urban & regional planner
  • Agricultural technician
  • Engineering technician
  • Forester
  • Outdoor trip leader
  • Environmental analyst
  • Fund raiser
  • Air pollution analyst
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Wastewater plant operator
  • Project manager
  • Natural resource specialist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geophysicist
  • Public health veterinarian
  • Biologist
  • Hazardous waste manager
  • Range manager
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Environmental planner
  • Resource economist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Seismologist
  • Chemical technician
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Photographer
  • Soil conservation technician
  • Environmental physician
  • Environmental nurse
  • Management consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Conservation systems analyst
  • Chemist
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Hydrologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Geologist
  • Conservation agent
  • Teacher
  • Biochemist
  • Wildlife manager
  • City planner
  • EPA inspector
  • Conservationist
  • Zoologist
“My degree focus was in sustainable transportation within a city system. I want to give people alternative transportation options other than vehicles.” – Lisa Enns, class of 2013, Transportation Planner in Seattle, Wash.

Majoring in environmental science

  • Field trips to a variety of sectors within the field

Environmental science curriculum

The environmental science program prepares the student to explore the relationships between humans and their environment in a proactive manner. The student employs problem-solving methods, data-search strategies, analysis, evaluation and prediction in the study of complex environmental issues. Academic advisors work one-on-one with students to ensure requirements are met for a seamless transition to continuing education and professional careers.

Sample curriculum – associate degree in environmental science

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