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Environmental Science

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in environmental science emphasizes examining environmental issues through hands-on field and laboratory activities. Students experience in-depth training in one selected field of science – chemistry, geology or biology – in preparation for a rewarding career.

Faculty at Mount Union are dedicated professionals committed to helping students excel and gain real-world knowledge to pursue careers or further study in graduate school. Mount Union students get the unique opportunity to participate in studies and fieldwork at the University-owned Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center just a few miles from campus. 

Environmental Science Major Quick Facts

The environmental science degree requires a total of 128 credits, with 52 credits being specific to the environmental science major. Additionally, students will need to complete the Integrative Core, the University’s general education program designed to help students explore areas outside of their field of interest and develop essential skills for a rewarding career.

A degree in environmental science offers numerous benefits:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs for environmental scientists is expected to grow faster than the average at a rate of 11 percent throughout 2016-2026.
  • Career opportunities for environmental scientists include the government, private consulting firms, and industries including universities, hospitals, and national research facilities.
  • Mount Union environmental science students have had rewarding internships with organizations including the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Alliance Water Treatment Facilities.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science while building a solid foundation in the natural sciences to prepare students for a successful career or future graduate studies. The program allows students flexibility in choosing courses so they can customize their studies to meet their own educational goals.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to gather and analyze information and data that include biological, chemical, physical, and sociological aspects of environmental conditions and processes.
  • Graduates will be able to make appropriate use of scientific information and data including assessing reliability, interpreting results, and drawing reasonable conclusions.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply scientific findings to current environmental issues and concerns.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate environmental issues in terms of the needs of society. 
  • Graduates will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form using scientific style.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and explain the principles of responsible conduct within the scientific community.
  • Graduates will demonstrate skills and aptitudes appropriate for securing employment or acceptance to graduate programs in environmental science or related fields.