Environmental Science

Environmental Science - BS

As climate change causes more extreme weather, ocean acidification and sea level rise, the world needs workers with a solid environmental science background.

Why environmental science?

Size up the data around issues like pollution, climate change and the depletion of resources. Conduct your own research to better understand complex problems and systems. Flex your science muscles. Learn in the forest, creeks and industries of our resource-rich area, then apply your knowledge to help to repair the earth.

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What will I learn?

You’ll learn how biology, chemistry, geology and physics affect natural systems and forces, and how they apply to conservation, hydrology, geoscience, environmental restoration, science and compliance. You’ll learn how to gather and examine data and build strong multidisciplinary science skills and choose a specialty to study – physical or biological – or combine the two. Understand how historical fossil fuel industry has impacted the regional environment, what is its legacy, and how we are incorporating green technology in the remediation projects used throughout the area. Environmental scientists learn about modern day environmental issues, and their historical roots, at all scales of observation, from an area as small as our campus to global environmental systems.

Job titles

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental science technician
  • Environmental compliance officer
  • Conservation scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Natural science manager
  • Geoscientist


  • Government agencies
  • Sanitation companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Nonprofits
  • Local, state or national parks
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Consulting firms
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