Environmental Science Program

Environmental Science Student

Interested in protecting the environment? WCU’s Environmental Science Program gives you the opportunity to develop expertise in evaluating human effects on the environment and in promoting and implementing sustainable restoration of land and water ecosystems.

While many institutions relegate environmental science to a concentration or subdiscipline, at WCU environmental science is its own major. Because the program is small, you’ll receive abundant individual attention from expert faculty and have the flexibility to customize the interdisciplinary curriculum according to your own interests. The major includes courses in chemistry, biology, environmental health sciences, geology, and natural resources.


Many environmental science students enter the program knowing the aspect of the environment they wish to pursue while others discover their primary interests after being exposed to the different disciplines that contribute to the major, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Sciences. Many students choose biology, geology, or natural resource management as a minor.

B.S. in Environmental Science

Flexibility and customization is the hallmark of WCU’s interdisciplinary B.S. in Environmental Sciences. The major is divided into three areas: foundation, quantitative, and electives.

Students then choose ONE course from EACH of the following four foundations categories:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environment and Society

Quantitative: After students have completed their foundations coursework, they develop an individualized plan of Advanced Study Courses for their remaining degree program.

Electives: Students take an additional 18-19 hours of electives to complete the 60 hours required for the degree.

Careers in Environmental Science 

Graduates with a B.S. in Environmental Science can find employment in a variety of jobs such as:  Potential Employers include:
  • Environmental conservation
  • Monitoring
  • Sustainability planning
  • Environmental regulation and compliance
  • Consulting
  • “Green program” management
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Environmental protection
  • Energy auditor/planners
  • Policy
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Manufacturing businesses
  • Conservation organizations
  • Energy organizations
  • Watershed associations and conservancies
  • State and federal land management agencies
  • City and state governments agencies


Affiliated Faculty

The program’s faculty, one of its greatest strengths, represent the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. The impact that the environment has on humans is represented by the discipline of environmental health while the important social components of Environmental Science are represented by the disciplines of Philosophy and Religion as well as Political Science and Public Affairs. In addition to each being an experienced researcher and expert in his or her field, the Environmental Science Program faculty are committed to environmental concerns. Click on a name and get to know our team.

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