A degree in environmental studies provides the background, training and experience to pursue many career paths. Our graduates have successful careers with private environmental consulting firms, in environmental education, and with local, state, and federal environment and resource agencies. Many of our graduates continue their education by pursuing graduate degrees in science, public administration, and law.
The Analytical Sciences Option is designed to produce chemists who are particularly interested in the chemical pollutants that are being released into the air, earth and water environments of our planet. They may find jobs with local and state health departments, state and national environmental protection agencies, local testing laboratories, as well as in the private chemical-producing industries. Typically graduates work as laboratory and field technicians who sample and analyze chemical pollutants.
|Advisor: Dr. Richard Lomneth||Catalog Information|
The Earth Sciences Option is designed to prepare students for a career in environmental geology. Today many environmental problems are associated with the earth and our use of it. Thus, contamination of surface and underground waters,pollution of the soil and construction of dams and other large structures all require earth science environmental specialists to either help alleviate the problem created by misuse, or avoid environmental problems during project development. Many public and private agencies, including engineering and construction firms, have jobs for people trained in this area.
|Advisors: Dr. Harmon Maher or Dr. Bob Shuster||Catalog Information|
The Geography and Planning Option is primarily designed to produce local and regional planning specialists who have a good understanding of environmental problems. Anytime humans change the nature of the landscape by constructing new housing developments, highways, shopping centers, etc. a potentially negative environmental impact to the natural landscape exists. Today planners who are environmentally sensitive are in great demand to help avoid the common confrontations that arise between developers and those groups that are affected by the project.
|Advisor: Dr. Bradley Bereitschaft or Dr. Rex Cammack||Catalog Information|
The Life Science Option is designed to prepare a student for jobs in environmental biology which have something to do with the impact of modern technology and change on life forms. These include working as pollution monitoring technicians for various public agencies such as county and state health departments, as well as state and national environmental protection agencies; students may also find themselves attracted to jobs with local, regional and national nature conservation agencies, both public and private. These jobs may involve monitoring endangered species, evaluating habitat, making inventories of wildlife, or interpreting nature as a ranger in a public or private environmental education center.
|Advisor: Dr. John McCarty or Dr. LaReesa Wolfenbarger||Catalog Information|