Environmental Science

Mission Statement

The mission of the environmental science program is to provide the student with the necessary background and experience in the natural and social sciences to enable the student to enter an environmental career or continue on to graduate school.

Career Opportunities

The field of environmental science is broad and changing. This can lead to flexibility in job hunting. Below is a list of some sources for jobs in government and the private sector.

  • Environmental Protection Agency – State and Regional Offices

  • County Soil and Water Conservation

  • County Health Departments – Environmental Division

  • Industry – Environmental Monitoring/Compliance with Regulations

  • Power Plants – Environmental Monitoring/Compliance with Regulations

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • State Departments of Natural Resources

  • Environmental Clean-Up

  • Environmental Education – Museums, Parks, Zoos, Nature Centers

  • Environmental Consulting Firms

  • Green Businesses – testing and marketing of environmental products

The job market for environmental science majors is expected to grow 25% in the next 10 years as new environmental regulations require corporations to comply with environmental laws. The US Department of Labor estimates the average salary is $61,100. The salary would vary greatly with location and level of experience.


Graduate Success

Our graduates have obtained jobs in Soil and Water Conservation, County Health Departments, Industry, and Wastewater Treatment. A few have chosen to go on to graduate school. Students are required to do a senior internship and several have been employed afterwards by the same agency or by a similar agency in another part of the state.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student is able to:

  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major concepts in environmental science including major environmental problems, their causes, consequences, and potential solutions.
  • Explain the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, interpret the results of scientific investigations, and draw reasonable conclusions from data.
  • Communicate scientific information in oral and written form.
  • Relate models, theories and concepts to real world phenomena.
  • Use standard scientific equipment appropriately and safely.
  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major environmental laws in the United States.
  • Function successfully in an environmental science internship.


The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award-winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants & a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. The center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997, and it provides math/science students, along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.


Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree - Minor in Environmental Science (2344)

General Education must include39-40
One Biology Course4
One Chemistry Course4-5
Minor Area required courses18
ECO 11103 (TM) Contemporary Economics
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science4
NSC 20303 Physical Geology3
NSC 23101 Environmental Practicum1
Choose one of the following:

NSC 49901-04 Directed Studies in Natural Science
SOC 36103 Social Research

Total minor area hours15
Selected Major and Personal elective hours69
Total required hours for degree125

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