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Environmental Science

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Program


Discover our world!

Studying environmental science at UD, you will learn how natural processes shape the natural environment and how humans impact nature. If you are passionate about the outdoors, the environmental science major can help you find solutions to environmental issues like habitat loss, sustainable development, water quality, biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy, and more. Environmental science takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying the atmosphere, ocean, earth, and ecosystems, which you then develop into a specialty through studying one of the concentrations listed below. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, environmental science jobs are predicted to grow 15% faster than the overall job market average.

Areas of study

  • Climate and Society
  • Ecoscience
  • Energy and Environment
  • Geoscience
  • Marine Science
  • Water Science


Career Options

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Watershed Planner
  • Green Energy Coordinator
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Climate Scientist

Graduate Programs

  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Policy
  • Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Marine Science
  • Geology

What’s special about this program?

The undergraduate research experiences, hands-on learning in the classroom and close collaboration with environmental experts that you will have in the environmental science major will appeal to employers and graduate programs trying to balance the needs of citizens with environmental sustainability and conservation. In addition to rigorous traditional classroom and laboratory studies, you will be able to study in locations as close as White Clay Creek—a wild and scenic river whose tributaries begin on campus—to as far as the polar regions or tropical islands while studying abroad during winter session.

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment.

Sample curriculum



General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II



Critical Reading and Writing




Introduction to the Environment




Analytical Geometry and Calculus A




Analytic Geometry and Calculus B



University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course



Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources



Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Management



Introductory Biology I



General Geology



Introductory Physics I



Introduction to Soil Science with Lab


  Foreign Language Courses

Earth Systems: Science and Policy



Wildlife Conservation and Ecology



Physical Climatology



Introduction to Ocean Science



Politics and the Environment



Discovery Learning Experience



Environmental Science Concentration Course


  University Breadth Courses

Proseminar: The Environment



Environmental Ethics



Environmental Science Concentration Courses



University Breadth Requirements


  Elective Courses or Directed Research  

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