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Why Study Environmental Science?

An interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students to face increasingly complex environmental challenges, environmental science integrates math, chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, soil science, biology and geospatial data analysis. Our Environmental Science Program provides a solid educational foundation to help you respond to those challenges from an environmental quality management and sustainable development standpoint.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Quantify and evaluate the state of various environmental resources.
  • Critically examine the movement and fate of important elements and compounds through the environment and recognize how human activity affects the natural balance of these cycles.
  • Effectively communicate scientific concepts with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Monitor, model and manage environmental systems in the areas of environmental quality and risk evaluation, sampling and analysis, remediation and regulatory compliance.
  • Safely utilize field equipment used in the environmental science field.


Types of Courses

  • Applied Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Biometrics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Policies and Administration
  • Environmental Sustainability: Theory, Issues, and Management

“My experience with my major has been very positive. Each course feels like a fresh take on fundamentals. Professors all have their own style and that has really allowed for classes to be taken in new directions that represent their experiences throughout their careers. UWRF has done an excellent job allowing me to discover what is available for me after I graduate and everyone is more than willing to make sure that you are well connected by the time you graduate.”

– Nicholas Wiese, environmental science major

Potential Careers

Many environmental science students attend graduate school after completing their undergraduate degree, while others find work in a variety of roles including:

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Chemist or Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Regulatory or Remediation Specialist