Environmental Science

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Our Program

Environmental ScienceIncreased demands on the natural resources of the planet, as well as increased need for environmental protection and restoration, have created opportunities for well-trained individuals. The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students to face increasingly complex environmental challenges in the context of environmental quality management and sustainable development.

Environmental Science majors are prepared to monitor, model and manage environmental systems in the areas of environmental quality and risk evaluation, sampling and analysis, remediation, research and regulatory compliance. Graduates pursue careers in environmental consulting, regulatory agencies or corporations. They may choose field-oriented positions in pollution monitoring and remediation including air, water or soil quality assessment and remediation. Environmental scientists also control and minimize the impacts of technology and waste on the environment.

Graduates may choose specialized positions in environmental policy, environmental risk assessment, ecological assessment or computer modeling. Corporations and government agencies require environmental science graduates to ensure compliance with applicable law and regulations intended to preserve the environment. Students with environmental research interests are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees.

Career Services

Hands-on learning is an important part of a student’s education at River Falls. There are a variety of campus organizations that a conservation student may want to participate, including:

  • Earth Consciousness Organization (ECO)
  • Resource Management Club
  • Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA)

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The academic program includes lecture, hands-on and field-oriented laboratories and an optional internship to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to begin a career in environmental science. Our facilities provide an environment for rich, hands-on learning experiences. We have two laboratory farms, greenhouse, specialized teaching and research labs, the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and bordering wetlands and natural areas flowing through campus. Below you can find the core coursework for the program:

Environmental Science Core 28 cr. hrs.

  • ENGL 367 Technical Writing 3 cr.
  • ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability: Theory, Issues, and Management 3 cr.
  • ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assessment 2 cr.
  • ESM 360 Applied Hydrology and Water Quality 4 cr.
  • ESM 412 Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment 3 cr.
  • ESM 413 Environmental Analysis 4 cr.
  • ESM 485 Seminar in Resource Management 1 cr.
  • GEOL102 Introductory Geology Lab 1 cr.