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Environmental Science

The Breakdown

We all know that our impact on the environment has left the planet in a perilous condition. Between global warming, pollution and the depletion of our natural resources, action must be taken in order to halt and (hopefully) reverse the damage we’ve inflicted. Environmental science majors stand poised to lead this fight, studying the myriad of challenges we face and learning how to solve these complex problems.

Environmental science is certainly an interdisciplinary major, combining study of both the hard sciences and the social sciences. As an undergrad, you’ll learn how the environment functions and the effects our actions can have on the planet (both positive and negative). You will take classes in biology, geology, chemistry and physics to acquire a broad base of scientific knowledge. You’ll also study the interrelationships between these fields and how they connect in the natural world. Additionally, most programs also have you enroll in economics, political science and public policy courses. These classes will help you understand both the root of and the public perception behind many environmental issues. And they will teach you the framework that most scientists must work within to affect meaningful change.

Undergrads who flourish in environmental science clearly have a passion for the outdoors. They are truly committed to curbing environmental damage and devastation. Moreover, they are skilled problem solvers who can keenly observe and analyze how we interact with the world and convert those findings into sustainable solutions.

Nuts and Bolts

As previously mentioned, requirements for environmental science majors will involve a large cross-section of disciplines. Classes for the major could include: Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmental Change, Environmental Politics and Law, Introduction to Public Policy, Ecology, Demography and Environment, Fundamentals of Geography, Microbiology, Statistics, American Environmental Writing, Natural Resource Economics, Plant Biology

Decisions, Decisions

Environmental science majors are also often curious about fields such as: biology, forestry, ecology, geology, soil science, horticulture, conservation biology, agriculture, environmental engineering, hydrology, chemistry, physics and wildlife management.

What's Next

As our precious planet continues its descent into destruction, those who study environmental science become all the more invaluable. While a number of students do move on to graduate study, other environmental science majors find employment with a handful of environmental agencies, be it working with waste management, urban planning or conservation. Many also find jobs with environmental consulting and lobbying firms conducting policy and advocacy work. And some graduates find positions within the government, be it at local, state or federal level. Regardless of what avenue you end up taking, the employment outlook for environmental science majors is bound to be strong.


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