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Environmental Science

Major, Minor

Program Overview

Looking to change the world? Tackle complex environmental challenges like climate change, water resource conservation, and preservation of biodiversity using the Great lakes as your laboratory. Learn to sample, analyze, model, interpret and predict outcomes for environmental systems with hands-on experiences that translate to skills you can apply in your future career. Work on real-world problems that impact lives globally. Be a part of the solution to environmental challenges with an environmental science degree.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years (major), 1-2 years (minor)
Credit Hours: 22 - 74

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Study environmental science in the heart of the Great Lakes. It’s the perfect setting to learn about our natural resources. This major provides you with skills in critical thinking, technical writing, field and laboratory analyses, and modeling environmental systems.

As an environmental scientist, you’ll use your interdisciplinary knowledge to help protect and manage natural resources, clean up polluted areas, advise policy makers or work with industry to reduce waste. As our planet has become increasingly stressed, jobs in environmentally related fields have surged. That means there's plenty of opportunity for you in this exciting and rewarding field.

Program Highlights

As a student in our environmental science program, you’ll:

  • Work with state-of-the-art software, field instruments and laboratory equipment that are used in industry, government and academic settings.
  • Complete internships and undergraduate research projects.
  • Gain skills in high demand with employers including environmental site assessment, field and laboratory protocols, technical writing, and computational skills.
  • Have the chance to present your research results at national conferences.
  • Experience hands-on learning using CMU's exceptional field and laboratory facilities.

Careers & Outcomes

Environmental science majors go on to work as technicians, consultants, chemists, regulators and scientific advisors.

Career Projected Salary
Natural Sciences Manager $129,100
Environmental Scientist and Specialist $71,360
Hydrologist $81,270
Sustainability Specialist $74,528
Environmental Planner/Scientist $57,610
Environmental Compliance Specialist $48,148
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