Environmental Science B.S.

The multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science prepares graduates for careers at local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting firms. Additionally, graduates of this program are prepared to continue on to graduate studies in order to pursue research and scholarship opportunities. The program core focuses on key environmental issues while the restricted electives allow the students to choose to focus on areas of interest to the individual student.

Students may choose from one of the following concentrations:

Earth and Ocean Sciences provides a geological knowledge of Earth's composition, processes and materials; the history of continents, ocean basins, climate and life. This knowledge can be applied to the evaluation and mitigation of environmental issues arising from the exploration and production of natural resources, as well as the direct effects of active geologic processes on people.

Environmental Biology integrates the biological and physical sciences to form the basis for the ecological evaluation of human impacts. This includes ecological and human health risk assessments, habitat evaluation and biomonitoring, wildlife survey and management, land conservation, and permitting and mitigation.

Environmental Chemistry provides a broad context of science and environmental issues with focus on the principles and practice of chemistry, including analytical methods. Students can apply knowledge and skills to environmental problems involving water, air, and soil. This concentration provides career opportunities in industrial, governmental and academic settings.

Interdisciplinary allows students to gain a broad knowledge base among the biological, chemical, physical and social science courses offered in the concentrations. This concentration provides students the opportunity to explore the different facets of environmental science, and allows them to prepare for a career and degree goals in the sciences, humanities, business and industry, and health fields.

Environment and Society includes a broad introduction to biological and physical sciences, and introduces students to human interactions with the environment, mainly from societal and regulation perspectives. This concentration will prepare students in environmental policy/regulations, ethics/sociology, and concepts of sustainability for active careers in nonprofit organizations, politics and business.

Degree Plan

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Environmental Sciences BS Program Distribution

Program Coordinator
Dr. Juan L Gonzalez
Office: ESCNE 2.620
Phone: 956-665-3523
Email: juan.l.gonzalez@utrgv.edu