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Environmental Science


Environmental Science at PSU is the study of the interactions between society and the physical, chemical, ecological and biological processes that structure and maintain ecosystems.  The Environmental Science and Management program (formerly known as Environmental Science and Resources) offers two undergraduate tracks: Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Science track is an interdisciplinary degree program that focuses on the natural sciences with an emphasis on environmental science, chemistry, biology and economics, and culminating in practical field experience working on projects in the university, metropolitan community, and region.

The Environmental Science degree provides an education in concepts, skills and techniques appropriate for entry-level employment in the environmental field or for graduate education and training.

In addition to the University's general education requirements, students majoring in environmental science must meet the following departmental requirements:

  • Foundation Courses (49 -50 credits) provide introductions to disciplines essential for understanding in the major and minor areas of study.
  • Environmental Science Core (51 credits) includes courses in envirnonmental systems, environmental policy, risk assessment, and an advanced topics area.
  • Connected Learning Courses (16 credits) an opportunity for science students to gain greater depth in the social sciences and for policy students to gain more background in the natural sciences.


Environmental Science Degree Course Plan

Environmental Science Degree Checklist

Environmental Science Program Sheet

Degree Maps (with learning outcomes, advising and career information)

ESM Internships (ESM 401, Research)

ESM Internships (ESM 404, Cooperative Education)

A list of courses required by EVSC Topical Areas