Why Major in Environmental Science?

LightningThe problems society will confront in the coming years are daunting. By the year 2050, it is predicted that human energy demands will be at least three times what they are now. Furthermore, human population growth is predicted to expand to 9-12 billion people. Such increases will result in severe pressure on natural ecosystems, as well as challenge our ability to maintain or improve our standard of living. It will take intelligent and creative people with in-depth understanding of the complex interactions of the Earth's ecosystems and deep vision to address these issues.

Environmental scientists collect data and perform experiments to provide real insight into complex environmental problems in industry, environmental management, and natural resource conservation. Our graduates have found career opportunities in a variety of areas that include soil ecologists, forest service biologists, wildlife biologists, rangers, watershed management, EPA scientists, and water quality managers for cities. In addition, many of our graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees in related fields. The interdisciplinary nature of our program allows undergraduates the ability to explore various options during their college career and specialize in a number of different core areas within the environmental science program.

Many people in different disciplines choose to minor in environmental science to strengthen their academic credentials and to learn more about a field that truly is related to any program of study.