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Graduate School Programs for Environmental Science Majors

Considering applying to graduate school? This page includes a list of MA, MS, and PhD programs that align with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.


*note: This list is not extensive, but provides a good starting point for graduate school exploration

Study Abroad Programs for Environmental Science Majors

Thinking about studying abroad but don't know where to start? This page includes a list of study abroad programs that enhance an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.

Earth and Atmospheric Systems Science/Environmental Analysis

  • Organization: SIT Location: Iceland and Greenland SEMESTER
    • Program: Climate Change and the Arctic
    • Courses: The Arctic: Changing Ecosystems and Resilience, Climate Modeling and Carbon Management, Research Methods and Ethics in the Arctic, Research Project in Arctic Climate Protection
  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Argentina FALL 2019
    • Program: People, Environment, and Climate Change in Patagonia and Antarctica
    • Courses: Socio-Ecological Dynamics and Conservation in Southern Patagonia, Climate Change and Marine Biology in Southern Patagonia and Antarctica, Spanish for the Natural Sciences, Environmental Research Methods and Ethics
  • Organization: School For Field Studies
    • Location: Chile SEMESTER
    • Program: Wild Patagonia, Fire and Ice
    • Courses: Language, Culture and Society of Chile, Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation, Earth Systems and Climate Science, Patagonian Ecology, Directed Research
  • Organization: SEA Semester
    • Location: New Zealand & Polynesia SEMESTER
    • Program: Oceans & Climate
    • Courses: Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle, Data Communication and Visualization, Nautical Science, Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods, Directed Oceanographic Research

Watershed Science

  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Panama SUMMER
    • Program: Marine Ecology and Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific and Caribbean
    • Courses: Marine Ecology and Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific and Caribbean, Marine Ecology and Blue Carbon Field Project
  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Panama SEMESTER
    • Program: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
    • Courses: Comparative Tropical Ecology, Human Ecology and Conservation in the Tropics, Spanish for the Natural Sciences, Environmental Research Methods and Ethics
  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Tanzania SEMESTER
    • Program: Zanzibar-Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
    • Courses: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resources Management Seminar, Kiswahili, Environmental Research Methods and Ethics

Renewable Energy

  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Jordan SUMMER
    • Program: Engineering and Design for Sustainable Environments
    • Courses: Design Innovation in the Social Domain, Design Project (Sustainable Water Use and Renewable Energy)
  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Iceland SUMMER
    • Program: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics
    • Courses: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics Seminar, Icelandic, Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics Project

Environmental Information & Mapping

  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: Nepal SUMMER
    • Program: Geoscience in the Himalaya (Mapping and Remote Sensing)
    • Courses: Geohazards in the Himalaya, Earth Science Field Methods, Geology Field Study Project

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  • Organization: SIT
    • Location: India SUMMER
    • Program: Agroecology and Food Security in the Himalaya
    • Courses: Agroecology and Food Security in the Himalaya, Food Security Field Study Project
  • Organization: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
    • Location: Thailand SEMESTER
    • Program: Sustainable Development Studies
    • Courses: Thai Language and Society, Sustainable Food Systems: Social and Biological Factors in Sustainable Agriculture, Political Ecology of Forests: Upland People and Natural Resources, Culture and Ecology of the Andaman: Islands, Reefs, and Mangroves
  • Organization: IES Abroad
    • Location: Freiburg, Germany SEMESTER
    • Program: Environmental Studies & Sustainability
    • Courses: Sustainable Energy: Concepts, Policies, Strategies, & Solutions, Freiburg Green City- Social, Ecological & Economic Aspects of Sustainability, Technology of Renewable Energies, Ecosystem Management, Climate & Vegetation In the Black Forest & Swiss Alps, Geographic Information Systems, Sustainable Urban Design
  • Organization: Arava Institute
    • Location: Israeli-Jordanian Border
    • Program: Arana Institute for Environmental Studies
    • Centers: Arava Center for Sustainable Development, Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology, Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Center for Transboundary Water Management
  • Organization: SEA Semester
    • Location: Caribbean & North Atlantic SEMESTER
    • Program: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (Fulfills Marine Science Minor)
    • Courses: Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography: Biodiversity, Ocean Science & Public Policy, Nautical Science, Directed Oceanographic Research, Advanced Ocean Policy Research

*note: This list is not extensive, but provides a good starting point for study abroad exploration

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Job and Internship Links in Environmental Science

Please see below for a list of job and internship links for Environmental Science! This list is not comprehensive, but it is a good starting point for the job/internship search. Additionally, be sure to check out the ESF Internship Page for information on the internship process, relevant paperwork, and resources

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Careers in Environmental Science

The Environmental Science program provides a solid foundation in social, living, and physical sciences, and primes students for careers in a variety of fields. This interdisciplinary degree exposes students to theory, field research, and practical application of environmental skill sets, and students gain ample experience in the complexities of systems work. Alumni have gone on to pursue many postgraduate paths, including advanced studies and employment in public and private sectors. Below are some of the titles both held in theory and actuality by Environmental Science graduates:

  • Agricultural Stewardship Technician
  • Air Sample Technician
  • Alternative Food Systems Analyst
  • Climate Prediction Specialist
  • Coastal Hydrodynamic Monitor
  • Drone Mapping Specialist
  • Emergency Planning Coordinator
  • Energy Analyst/Auditor
  • Energy Efficiency Specialist
  • Energy Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Health & Safety Professional
  • Environmental and Land Use Associate
  • Environmental Operations Manager
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Sampling Technician
  • Environmental Surveillance Analyst
  • Field Geologist
  • Field Research Specialist
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Food Security Coordinator
  • Freshwater Monitoring Technician
  • GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Surveyor
  • Marine Acoustician
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • On-Site Environmental Monitor
  • Permitting Specialist
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Rivers and Trails Manager
  • Science Teacher
  • Source Emission Testing Field Technician
  • Submersible Marine Technician
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Wastewater Operator
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Watershed Inspector
  • Watershed Modeling and Analysis Specialist
  • Watershed Steward
  • Watershed Technician
  • Wetland Scientist

List of Experiences Desired for Environmental Science Jobs

Have you been wondering about the connection between classroom and career? Are you curious about which skills are being sought after in the workforce? Listed below are the experiences desired on current job boards for careers in Environmental Science.

  • GIS
    • ArcGIS
    • ArcMap
    • Smallworld
    • ESRI
  • GPS and Total Station Survey Equipment Experience
  • Phase Contact Microscopy
  • Polarized Light Microscopy
  • Niosh S82 Training
  • OSHA/HAZWOPER Certification
    • Arc Flash Protection Guidelines
    • NFPA Codes and Standards
    • Utility Work Protection Practices
  • EPA Technician Certification (Section 608)
  • SWPPP Inspection certification
  • CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control)
  • Asbestos/Lead Based Paint certification (402 (c)(3))
  • Radiation Equipment
  • Aseptic Lab Techniques
  • Leasing/Zoning experience
  • CERCLA remedial documents
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Literature Searches
  • Technical Writing/Report Writing
  • Managing budget/schedule