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 and a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. Our 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 our campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997 providing 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 - Comprehensive Major in Environmental Science (2342)

General Education (must include)39
BIO 12104 Biology I4
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science4
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
POL 11103 (TM) American National Government3
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology3
Major Area required courses58-62
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management3
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
ECO 11103 (TM) Contemporary Economics3
NSC 20303 Physical Geology3
NSC 23101 Environmental Practicum1
NSC 49901-04 Directed Studies in Natural Science4
NSC 49808 Environmental Internship8
PHY 10404 (TM) Principles of Physics4
30000-4000 electives from list below*12-15
Select one Field Course:
BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology
BIO 41304 Limnology
BIO 36303 Local Flora3
Select one Environmental Health Course:
BIO 43404 Parasitology4
BIO 32603 Epidemiology3
BIO 38503 Environmental Toxicology3
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
Select one Biology/Ecology Course:
BIO 36804 Advanced Plant Biology4
BIO 32303 Mammalogy3
BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
BIO 45303 Conservation Biology3
BIO 47003 Senior Research3
Total major area hours58-62
Personal elective hours25-29
Total required hours for degree125

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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