The impact of human activity on natural landscapes can result in environmental pollution and/or disruption of terrestrial, aquatic, and ecological processes. The focus of the ES track is on applying and integrating basic and applied sciences to solve complex environmental problems. Students will use an understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to develop a broad knowledge base in soil, hydrologic, atmospheric, and biological sciences. Students will study the interaction between science and the functioning of urban, forested, and agricultural lands as well as hydrologic, atmospheric, soil, and wetland resources. The ES track will also help students learn how to communicate scientific information to resource managers, policy makers, citizens, and other environmental professionals.
Types of Careers: Environmental science plays a key role in developing the knowledge and remedial actions required to address major environmental challenges such as mercury in the environment, global climate change, soil and water pollution, soil erosion and wetland conservation. Students in this track can earn professional licenses and certification in several areas. Depending on their focus of study, students will be qualified for careers as soil scientists, hydrologists, water quality and wetland ecology scientists, environmental remediation scientists, climatologists, and atmospheric scientists. Graduates find jobs with environmental regulatory agencies, private consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Students are well prepared for advanced graduate studies and scientific research. See also Career Information.