Majors & Minors

Environmental Science Degree

Program Overview

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. This science-based major integrates courses in math, chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, soil science, biology and geospatial data analysis.

Highlights of the Environmental Science Major

  • Our on-campus trout stream, research well field, laboratory farms and nearby natural environmental systems—the Kinnickinnic and St. Croix watersheds—present you with opportunities for hands-on and practical experiences.
  • The major has flexible program requirements that allow you to specialize in a particular area of interest.
  • The recently-founded Institute in the Plant and Earth Science department is a new way for current students in the program to gain real-world experiences through certifications and restoration projects on and around campus. Learn more.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Quantify and evaluate the state of various environmental resources.
  • Critically examine the movement and fate of important elements and compounds through the environment and how human activity alters the natural balance of these cycles.
  • Effectively communicate scientific concepts with people outside of the field.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the environmental science field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates may find employment or internship opportunities with.

Job Titles

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Regulatory Specialist
  • Remediation Specialist


  • Business and Private Industry
  • Environmental Consulting Agencies
  • Federal Government (NPS, USGS, EPA, USFS, USFWS)
  • Local Watershed Districts
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • State Departments of Natural Resources and Protection (DNR, MPCA)

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