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Student taking a tree core.Environmental Science Major

Students majoring in environmental science learn about the interactions of the physical and biological processes that shape the natural world. They examine how human’s affect nature, develop means of improving water and air quality, and create solutions to other environmental problems. The stimulating curriculum provides a foundation in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, experience in environmental law, and culminates with a 15-week hands-on internship in an industrial or state agency setting. Environmental Science Marine Biology Major is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for careers in the marine sciences. If you love marine life and hope to find a job working in or on the water, this is degree for you. Many of those completing this major will go on graduate preparation for careers in academia or research, while others have taken jobs as lab/field technicians or marine educators.

Online B.S./B.A. in Environmental Science is now available.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Exceptional preparation in biological, chemical, and physical sciences
  • Real-world application of environmental concepts and procedures
  • Environmental management and land-use planning
  • Experience in regulation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Develop skills in critical thinking and data collection
  • Placement in competitive industrial summer internships

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities such as UWA Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Friendships with like-minded, motivated students
  • Fellowships and Summer Internships
  • UWA’s dynamic Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Departmental cookouts, canoe trips, and much more

Career Preparation:

Graduates of this program can become leaders in a variety of professional industries and environmental agencies. These careers include positions in government, non-government, or non-profit agencies, as well as consulting positions in the private sector. With the selection of appropriate courses, an environmental science degree also opens the options for other related careers in public health, environmental law, and other professional programs. Many students elect to continue their studies and pursue graduate degrees.

Contact Information:

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Jeffery Merida


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