Environmental Sciences Degree

Step 1: Choose ES as a Major

After you choose an ES major, you will also select from one of several specialty focal areas or a minor to ensure a specific focal point, skill set, and sense of academic identity.

In addition to becoming proficient in your minor or focal area, if you choose to pursue an Environmental Sciences degree, you will learn about environmental issues, basic earth system processes, and how social sciences connect to environmental policy.

Step 2: Choose A Minor or Focal Area

You can select an existing, relevant minor or focal area from the following options.

Option 1: Minor (These are examples of existing, relevant minors. The minor options are NOT limited to this list).

  • Agroecology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Crop Science
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Forest Management
  • Geology
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health
  • International Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Technology, Engineering & Design Education
  • Wildlife Sciences

Option 2: Propose a Focal Area

Focal areas proposed by students could include themes such as Renewable Energy, Bio-fuels, Sustainable Forestry, Energy Conservation, Environmental Modeling, Environmental Engineering and Design, and Environmental Communication and Media. In consolation with an academic advisor, all students preparing unique focal area must prepare a brief proposal providing the rationale for the area of study and an implementation plan to ensure plausibility.