Environmental Sciences, BS

The scope of environmental sciences encompasses a broad spectrum of fields from human health to global economy.  It is an interdisciplinary science incorporating an understanding of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, water resources, and economics which allows students in environmental science to explore such questions as "where chemicals released in the environment go?" and "what impact they have?". As an environmental science major, you will have the opportunity to choose from emphasis areas in Environmental Ecology, Agricultural Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Health, Water Quality, Individualized Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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Key Features

  • Unique Emphasis Areas
    The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) offers six emphasis areas to choose from, two of which are unique -- agricultural environmental stewardship and environmental ecology.
  • Exciting job prospects
    Jobs in the field are projected to increase by 25% nationwide in the coming decade.
  • Cutting edge/current curriculum
    Graduating majors will be enabled to meet future job demands/requirements.
  • Hands-on learning
    Students go out into the field and perform studies in rivers and fields as well as working in the campus labs
  • Undergraduate Research Projects
    Students working on undergraduate research projects (from greenhouse gases to water quality) have the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Research Opportunities through the Crookston and Twin Cities campuses, which in turn are great resume builders and create opportunities for undergraduate publications.

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The Environmental Sciences major is science-focused program combining many areas, from chemistry to biology, with less focus on the statistics side of environmental studies. Within the program, you have the flexibility of choosing between six emphases - environmental ecology, agricultural environmental stewardship, environmental health, water quality, and individualized environmental sciences, and environmental toxicology and chemistry - which enable you to gain an understanding of many related areas.

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  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Environmental research associate
  • Environmental, occupational, and safety officer
  • Geologist/environmental scientist
  • Risk assessor/environmental restorer
  • Scientist at agrichemical or pharmaceutical development company
  • Environmental consultant
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Aquatic scientist
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Specialist

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Related Majors and Minors

If you are interested in Environmental Sciences, check out these other majors and minors offered by the University of Minnesota, Crookston that are similar or serve as a double major.