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A Major in Environmental Studies


Description of Major

This major takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental issues and problems. Beginning
with a strong foundation in science, the program is based on the premise that environmental problem solving
requires a working knowledge of all the aspects that impact current issues and conflicts. Hence, the program
curriculum includes disciplines ranging from political science, economics and ethics to biology, ecology, chemistry
and engineering. Given the breadth of academic training and the rigor of the Environmental Studies degree students
are at a distinct advantage as they seek internships, graduate study or employment.       

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in federal, state and local government, academic institutions,
corporations and organizations such as non-profits and environmental consulting firms. A variety of jobs are available for environmental studies graduates, including:


Air Pollution Analyst Hazardous Waste Manager
Aquatic Ecologist Hydrologist
Bioengineer Industrial Ecologist
Biological Researcher  Journalist
Biological Restoration Expert  Lake Management Specialist
City Planner Land Management Specialist
Conservation Agent Limnologist
Conservation Biologist Mining Engineer 
Curator Naturalist
Developer OSHA Instructor 
Ecologist  Park Naturalist 
Eco-tourism Specialist Park Ranger
Environmental Agency Official Professor
Environmental Compliance Analyst Policy Analyst
Environmental Consultant Public Health Officer 
Environmental Economist  Resource Economist
Environmental Engineer Resource Manager 
Environmental Lawyer Satellite Imagery Specialist 
Environmental Lobbyist Site Location Analyst 
Environmental Mediator/Negotiator  Soil Conservationist 
Environmental Planner Teacher
Environmental Protection Specialist  Terrain Analyst 
Environmental Risk Assessor  Urban Planner
EPA Inspector Waterway Restoration Specialist
Forest Ranger  Wetlands/Grassland Restoration Specialist 
Geographer Wildlife Specialist
Geographic Info. Systems Specialist Zoologist
Geomorphologist