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About Environmental Science

Are you a champion of preserving the local forest or wetland ecosystems? Is climate change or alternative energy fascinating to you?

The Environmental Science major is designed to help you understand environmental complexities at local, regional and global scales from a scientific perspective. Students take an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to environmental problem solving, while gaining essential laboratory, field, communication, analytical and learning skills.


Our graduates enter a wide range of careers, including environmental testing, ecological field research, environmental consulting and impact assessment, environmental education, alternative energy, environmental planning, and working with local, state and federal government agencies.

The major is structured so that you may continue your studies at the graduate level in a variety of environmental-related areas. If you’re planning a career in education, you can also complete the Earth Science track.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$65,960 - $147,530
Environmental Engineers$51,000 - $132,000
Soil and Plant Scientists$47,720 - $89,350
Survey Researchers Varies - Varies
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health$31,710 - $83,920
Forest and Conservation Technicians$21,600 - $65,950
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists$37,170 - $98,000
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists$27,970 - $70,880
Fire Inspectors and Investigators$32,070 - $85,960
Fish and Game Wardens$48,260 - $80,800
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$45,410 - $102,650

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

As an environmental science major, your curriculum is heavily experiential in nature, with strong laboratory and fieldwork

components in nearly every course, much of which takes place in the local scenic Highlands region. Advanced courses will help you acquire extensive theoretical and practical knowledge in advanced geology, environmental chemistry, field ecology and research.

You will also be encouraged to conduct independent research projects with environmental science faculty, and to participate in co-op education and fellowship opportunities with environmental consulting firms in the region.