About The Program
Northern’s environmental science bachelor's degree program merges biological, physical, and information sciences with the study of environmental systems, issues, and solutions to major environmental problems.
As an environmental science major at Northern, you'll study the fascinating interrelation between the natural sciences. You'll examine the relationship between living organisms and the ecosystems in which they live, addressing how humans affect the environment and how you can help reduce or even reverse negative impacts.
NSU environmental science majors graduate with the ability to serve as a crucial information resource for managers, policymakers, and citizens as they work to address pressing environmental issues.
A certificate (12 credits) in GIS is also available, which provides additional hands-on training for students pursuing environmental careers.
Graduates will leave this program well prepared to enter careers as wildlife biologists, natural resource scientists, naturalists, aquatic ecologists or conservation biologists, or to pursue graduate education.
Environmental science graduates can seek careers with government agencies, environmental consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and more. Most are employed equally between the government and private, for-profit sectors. Other potential job titles include wildlife manager, wildlife biologist, environmental consultant, soil conservationist, forester, ecologist, environmental educator/naturalist, aquatic ecologist, plant sicentist/botanist, zoologist, conservation scientist, geographic information scientist.
Most environmental science graduates are employed equally between the government and private, for-profit sectors. Many graduates work in the timber and paper industries and with farmers and ranchers. Others are employed with the government. Potential job titles include forestry and conservation scientists, biological scientists, administrators and secondary school teachers.
For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.
Biology majors at NSU receive a very personal education. Our class sizes are small, allowing ample opportunity to interact directly with faculty of diverse specialties. This personal attention from well-qualified and enthusiastic professors, combined with our hands-on policy with laboratory equipment, give Northern students an edge when applying for internships.
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Ph.D. University of South Dakota
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