Environmental Science Major

Why study Environmental Science?

With the increasing pressure from the public about air and water pollution, nuclear waste disposal, and global warming, there is an increased need for professionals in Environmental Studies. 

The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary program focused around developing an understanding of the Earth as a complex network of interacting natural systems. Built on a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and earth sciences, the Environmental Science major provides flexibility for students as they prepare for a wide range of opportunities including employment in fields such as environmental education, monitoring, management, remediation, or regulation. The major can be individualized as preparation for professional training in law, business or public health, or further study at the graduate level.

Job outlook (2012-22)

  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists*
    • Job outlook: 15% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for environmental scientists and specialists was $63,750 in 2012, or $30.56 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Environmental Science is offered at the following Upper Iowa University location:

  • Residential Fayette campus