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Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental, Economic, Earth and Space Studies

Environmental scientists work toward defining and solving environmental problems caused by the actions of human beings. Their training is broad-based and encompasses the natural sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. Their primary ethical concern is human stewardship of the earth.

Students in the Environmental Studies program are concerned with both the technological problems and social aspects of environmental issues. Working in cooperation with the Center for Environmental, Earth & Space Studies, Economics and Sociology they may participate in applied research. Their interdisciplinary course work includes the study of scientific principles used in environmental problem solving, and the study of the impact of economics, politics, and other social systems on environmental policies and practices.

Because of the breadth of study necessary to prepare for upper division Environmental Studies courses, students are urged to declare in the major during their freshman or sophomore year.

Career Directions

  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Engineering Scientist
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Outdoor Educator
  • Environmental Policy Maker and Planner
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Geohydrologist
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Research Lab Technician
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Wastewater Monitor
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Water Treatment Operator
  • Also: Graduate Study