Environmental Science, B.S.
Undergraduate Degree
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Program Overview

The Environment Science major prepares students for careers or advanced studies in management, conservation, protection, regulation, and restoration of natural resources. Environmental Science merges concepts in geology, ecology, biology, chemistry and physics to provide students with a strong science foundation which forms the basis of understanding of environmental issues. With strong collaboration with the traditional sciences and faculty expertise in the integration and application to complex environmental problems, our students receive excellent knowledge and skill-sets to prepare for futures in the environmental fields. Additionally, ES integrates understanding of laws and regulations relevant to aspects of conservation, protection, and management of natural resources on which students are focused.

The bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Marshall University, is an integrated program with coverage of broad topics preparing students for the complex problems facing a modern world. Areas of Emphasis help focus student efforts toward individual goals and interests with consideration to obtaining rewarding careers the fields of environmental science or conservation or pursuing advanced studies.

Graduates in Environmental Science will take advantage of the widespread opportunities supporting protection of the environment and increasingly limited resources. Students of Environmental Science can complete internships to receive real world experience from government agencies, private environmental companies, and public interest groups such as watershed coalitions. Recent graduates have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs or found employment in a number of state and federal environmental agencies, consulting companies, and conservation services.

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Featured Courses
NRE 322 - Assess I: Terrestrial Systems
Use of scientific procedure and current technology to characterize and quantify sensitive elements of terrestrial ecosystems and to assess human impact on these systems.
NRE 425 - Water Policy and Regulations
Examination of how aquatic resources are protected for humans and species of concern by current regulatory framework.
NRE 491 - Senior Capstone
Students develop and complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member in the NRE department
Program Highlights
Active Research Opportunities

Marshall University’s bachelor’s in Environmental Science provides a strong foundation in diverse topics but ultimately allows students to focus on individual interests preparing them for diverse careers. With faculty expertise in aquatic and terrestrial  ecosystems and active research opportunities, our Environmental Science students have opportunity to experience:

  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems
  • Field and Laboratory Research projects
  • Instrumentation and Technology Practice
  • Paid Internships
  • Undergraduate presentation/publications
  • Travel to Local/Regional/National Scientific Conferences
Clubs and Professional Associations

Students at Marshall can enhance their educational experience by joining university clubs and professional organizations. University clubs such as the Marshall Environmental Student Association (MESA) and Scuba Club provide social networking and volunteer experiences. Membership in professional organizations, such as the American Fisheries Society (Marshall Chapter), the Association of South Eastern Biologists, Society of Freshwater Science, Ecological Society of America, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry provide opportunities to develop a professional network and leadership experiences.

Technology Training

Technology is incorporated in the curriculum to provide students with up to date educational experiences preparing them for decision making in our modern world. Students receive hands-on experience with technology such deployed high frequency sensors, drones, and state of the art field sampling equipment complementary to geographic information systems, remote sensing and big data analysis platforms for data analysis.

Career Opportunities
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science find jobs in government, teaching, environmental and conservation organizations, consulting and industry.
  • Environmental scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Natural resource manager
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Air pollution analyst
  • Nature conservation officer