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Environmental Science Major

What is Environmental Science?

Environmental Science is a branch of biology that focuses on the relationship between organisms and their environment. It is a multi-disciplinary field that also includes the study of physical sciences like geology and physics. Environmental scientists study the the effects of humans, industry and other sources of pollution on nature and the environment with a goal of finding new ways to conserve and improve the way we use natural resources and energy.

What type of career can I look forward to with an Environmental Science degree?

Our Environmental Science graduates are prepared for careers such as environmental scientist, conservationist, wildlife manager, zoologist, biologist, park ranger, air/water quality manager and teacher.

What makes Walsh's Environmental Science program unique?

  • Diverse Course Offering. Environmental Science majors choose from a wide assortment of electives that satisfy their personal and professional interests.
  • Early Research Opportunities.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities. Walsh houses laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, giving our students a chance to work with the instruments and tools used in the field.

In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

The Environmental Science major involves 32 semester hours of required coursework and laboratory experience. Other classes required in the Environmental Science undergraduate program include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Research
  • Botany
  • General Ecology

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available to Environmental Science majors?

Environmental Science majors have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience without leaving campus. Walsh has a four-season environmental field center with a pavilion for an outdoor classroom that is in close proximity to the wetlands and creek at Hoover Park, which allows students to collect and analyze data on site. Examples include an ongoing class service project involves the removal of invasive plants such as garlic mustard and multiflora rose that are not indigenous to Ohio and overcrowding native Ohio wildflowers. In addition, students are currently compiling a checklist of the plants that inhabit the Hoover Park while conducting an analysis of the water quality of the Hoover Park wetlands and stream.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Dr. Jennifer Clevinger, Professor of Botany, Associate Division Chair Math & Sciences
(330) 490-7331