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Environmental Science

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About this Program

Environmental Science is the study of the biological, chemical, physical and social science principles that govern the structure and functioning of the natural world. Through the study of environmental science the student develops an understanding of their own life and an appreciation for their multifaceted role in the natural world.

The Environmental Science major begins with a solid foundation of mathematics, physics, biological and social science, upon which the study of environmental science is built. The major provides students with scientific knowledge, laboratory skills, research experience and intellectual training in analytical and quantitative reasoning. The program emphasizes the development of transferable liberal arts skills and includes the flexibility for students to pursue their own academic interests in the field as part of their degree program.

A degree in environmental science helps open the door to a wide range of fields including applied science, pollution management, conservation biology, public health and natural resource management. Environmental science graduates may choose to continue on to professional and graduate programs in research, management and education.

In addition to the overall University graduation requirements, the environmental science B.S. program requires each student to complete 60 credits in the major including at least 25 upper division credits, at least 25 credits from Metropolitan State University, and at least one 400-level course as a capstone experience. Students must also complete the environmental science exit interview and assessment test during their final semester of classes before graduation.

Upon successful completion of the B.S. Environmental Science program, a student will be able to demonstrate:
� Knowledge and understanding of the concepts, vocabulary, facts, theories and methods of the environmental sciences;
� Ability to design and perform experiments in the environmental science, including data collection, analysis and presentation;
� Mastery of scientific reasoning, problem solving and quantitative reasoning;
� Ability to communicate scientific topics with other scientists and non-scientists through various written, oral, and visual modes;
� Ability to collaborate effectively as part of a diverse workgroup as a team member and as a leader.

Classroom Location(s)

  • Metropolitan State University, St Paul Campus 55106
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh St. St. Paul, MN 55106
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