a marshOverview

The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to the BS degree with an optional concentration in Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation. The program’s objectives are to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary science background focusing on ecological and earth surface processes and natural resources science and conservation.

The variety of courses in both earth and biological sciences allows flexibility within the program. Additional requirements include geographical techniques and statistics.


Environmental scientists use their knowledge of physical and life sciences to protect, conserve, and manage the natural environment or assess health risks found in the environment. They are employed in both the public (federal, state, and municipal government agencies) and private sectors (nonprofits and environmental consulting firms) to manage resources, protect the environment, and minimize human health hazards.

Most jobs for environmental scientists will involve a combination of office, lab, and field work.  Specific job duties may include 

  • collecting and analyzing data for reports and surveys

  • collecting soil, water, or plant samples for chemical analysis

  • developing plans for restoring polluted air, water, or land or plans to prevent pollution

  • giving presentations that guide natural resource managers, government officials, businesses, or the public at large

  • assessing health threats found in the environment

Degree Requirements

The Environmental Science Program offers two options for the BS degree. Students can choose to either earn a BS in Environmental Science or a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (NREC). The NREC concentration is designed to allow students specifically interested in natural resources conservation to follow a more narrowly focused curriculum.

For a list of required and elective courses for the BS in Environmental Science, consult the undergraduate catalog relevant to your enrollment date. You can also contact the program’s director:

Justin Hart
116 Biology Building
(205) 348-1673