Environmental Science

About the environmental science major

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates physical and biological sciences in the study and investigation of the environment. Environmental scientists use knowledge of the earth's systems to protect the environment and human health, which might involve cleaning up contaminated areas, making policy recommendations, or working to reduce waste and pollution. They may also investigate the source of an environmental or health problem and devise strategies to combat it.

Your choice of concentration (earth and water resources, environmental management, or environmental remote sensing and spatial analysis) lets you explore a variety of coursework and narrow your academic and career focus.

Skills and abilities this major develops: analytical and problem-solving skills, strong abilities in science, collaboration and teamwork skills, communication skills, and the ability to be self-disciplined and directed.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Climate change
  • Earth materials
  • Environmental geology
  • Mathematical methods in environmental science
  • Organic chemistry

Possible careers

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental science and protection technicians
  • Environmental teacher
  • Natural sciences manager

Where could I work?

  • Architectural firms
  • Environmental firms
  • Federal and state agencies
  • Industry and consulting firms
  • Management, scientific, and technological consulting firms

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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