A Degree in Environmental Science

Students earning a degree in Environmental Science will graduate with a general knowledge of Environmental Science as part of a broad liberal arts education and will have a strong academic foundation to stand upon should they wish to pursue graduate education. With its liberal arts foundation, graduates of the Environmental Science Program have opportunities to pursue careers in many different functional areas, with most students pursuing careers in Environmental Remediation/Compliance, Waste Management, Soil Science, Air/Water Quality Management, Planning and Conservation, Environmental Education and Communication, and Environmental Law.


Transferrable Skills

An environmental science degree offers: 

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Scientific reasoning skills and laboratory experience
  • Awareness of global environmental issues and common anthropogenic effects

Some Careers in Environmental Science

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Environmental Scientist$67,460 / yearFaster than average (9-13%)
Geoscientist$89,700 / yearFaster than average (9-13%) 
Hydrologists$79,550 / yearAverage (5-8%) 
Soil and Water Conservationist$61,110 / yearAverage (5-8%)
Environmental Compliance Inspector$65,640 / yearSlower than average (2-4%)

 Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

Additional Career Information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Selected Environmental Science-related Career Information

Careers, internships, and volunteer positions in Forestry and Fire

 


Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in: 

  • Environmental Science
  • Geological Sciences
  • Forest Science
  • Crop and Soil Science
  • Biological Sciences and Conservation Biology

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Professional Associates Related to Environmental Science

Joining A Professional Association 

Before beginning any foray into a Professional Association, why should you consider joining one? USA Today explains 5 Benefits of Joing a Professional Association:

  1. Internship and job opportunities; 
  2. Conferences; 
  3. Industry standards; 
  4. Code of Ethics; and, 
  5. Updates on policies

What does all this mean? Read the whole article here

Professional Associations Related to Environmental Science

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Notable People With An Environmental Science Major

  • Lowell Bailey (Biathlete)
  • Patrick Chung (Venture Capitalist)
  • Susan Fennell (former Mayor of Brampton, Ontario, 2000-14)
  • Pamela Matson (Ecologist)

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