Environmental Science

Environmental Science allows students to investigate and seek out natural solutions to environmental problems, learning to preserve, restore, manage, and support both the living and nonliving components of our fragile ecosystems in order to ensure a healthy environment. Students completing this program earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources. Students have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas:

Ecosystem Restoration Students will study how ecosystems (aquatic and terrestrial) function in order to preserve, create, and restore them. Students will be prepared to engage in restoration projects, ranging from the remediation of polluted ecosystems to the creation of new ecosystems.
Environmental Molecular Science This specialization is for students who have an interest in biological and physical sciences as well as a desire to provide solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Earth’s biogeochemical processes and reactions on the scale of a single atom, molecule, and cell.
Environmental Science Education This specialization couples scientific coursework with interpretation and communication skills. It is ideal for students planning to pursue a Master of Education to become an environmental science teacher.
Soil Resources and Environmental Sustainability This specialization focuses on sustaining and improving soil quality to ensure a healthy environment.
Water Science This specialization addresses the role that freshwater plays in our human and natural systems, competing and growing demands for water, and the influences of changes in climate and land-use on our water resources.
Possible Career Options
City and Regional Planner Engineering Consultant
Environmental Scientist Land Use Planner
Restoration Ecologist Soil and Water Scientist
Stream and Coastal Biologist Waste Management Consultant
Wetland Ecologist  
Classes and Curriculum
Ecosystem Restoration Students will take classes in ecosystem science and restoration as well as methods.
Environmental Molecular Science Students will take courses in biochemistry, environmental science, geochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology.
Environmental Science Education Students will take classes in science education, ecosystem science, and methods for ecosystem restoration.
Soil Resources and Environmental Sustainability Students will take classes in biology, microbial ecology, chemistry, earth sciences, ecology, hydrology, mineralogy, mathematics, and physics.
Water Science Students will take courses in ecology, geology, physics, hydrology, water resources, wetland ecology, civil engineering, aquatic plants, soil chemistry, climatology, limnology, and environmental microbiology.
After Graduation
57.1% 17.9% 25%

* Numbers are based on responses from graduates at six months post-graduation date.

** Average Salary: $36,871

Getting Involved
Esther DeBusk
Scholars and Recruitment Coordinator
School of Environment and Natural Resources
(614) 688-1904


Hannah Zimmerman
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services
(614) 247-6685