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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

CHEM103

 

General Chemistry I
CHEM104

General Chemistry II

 

ENGL110

Critical Reading and Writing

 

ENSC101

 

Introduction to the Environment

GEOG220

 

Meteorology
MATH241

Analytical Geometry and Calculus A

 

MATH242 

 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

APEC150

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

APEC480

Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Management

 

BISC207

Introductory Biology I

 

GEOL107

General Geology

 

PHYS201

Introductory Physics I

 

PLSC204/205

Introduction to Soil Science with Lab

 

  Foreign Language Courses
ENSC300

Earth Systems: Science and Policy

 

ENWC201

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology

 

GEOG412

Physical Climatology

 

MAST482

Introduction to Ocean Science

 

POSC350

Politics and the Environment

 

 

Discovery Learning Experience

 

 

Environmental Science Concentration Course

 

  University Breadth Courses
ENSC450

Proseminar: The Environment

 

PHIL448

Environmental Ethics

 

 

Environmental Science Concentration Courses

 

 

University Breadth Requirements

 

  Elective Courses or Directed Research  

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