Increased 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.
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)