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Division of Environmental Science
Environmental Science

Introduces students to the interdisciplinary breadth of environmental science through a selection of core courses dealing with the geographical, physical, social and living environments.

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The Environmental Science bachelor’s degree program provides a strong foundation in the sciences and introduces students to the interdisciplinary breadth of the field.

Flexible, professional-focused coursework.

Students have the flexibility to satisfy their core requirements by completing courses in biology, chemistry, ecology, geography, engineering, forestry, environmental studies and other areas of study. College-wide general education requirements provide additional opportunities for students to complete courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences to develop a broader context for personal and professional growth.

Program Requirements


Gain strong career preparation.

Students in their junior and senior years of the program can focus more directly on professional courses that provide career preparation through a number of specialized options within Environmental Science. These options encourage students to develop career-related skills and expertise in areas such as environmental analysis, watershed science, environmental information and mapping, earth and atmospheric sciences, environmental health or renewable energy. Students may also develop self-designed minors in environmental science, or pursue a minor in another subject, to tailor their educational program to fit their personal goals.


Students and faculty work closely together on research.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to work closely with faculty members engaged in research and environmental problem solving, and benefit from a variety of field stations located on 25,000 acres of College-owned forest and wetlands. Many graduates choose to enter ESF’s nationally recognized graduate degree programs in Environmental Science.


Producing strong graduates.

Our program outcomes result in graduates who:

  • Are knowledgeable of examples of global, regional, and local environmental problems and issues
  • Are competent to perform in a graduate education or entry-level work environment
  • Have a sufficient knowledge base and tools to function effectively
  • Have the ability to conceptualize environmental problems in terms of unifying principles
  • Are capable of utilizing a systems approach to problem solving
  • Can communicate their ideas and expectations effectively