Why Study Environmental Science at Westminster?
Westminster’s environmental science/studies program is a challenging interdisciplinary curriculum that combines academic rigor with real world experience (field trips, field courses, and internships). Environmental studies emphasizes the social/political/human attributes of the environment and environmental science focuses on the scientific aspects. You’ll gain first-hand experience with issues of the day, plus develop professional contacts, through the internship program required to complete this major.
Introduction to Physical Geology students take field trips to examine rock formations, travel through caves and examine landforms along streams.
Introductory environmental science students travel to the wastewater treatment plant, landfill and water district wells.
Advanced geography students use geographic information to make computerized spatial maps.
Westminster’s Environmental Science program also offers opportunities for off-campus study of the national parks of the United States as well as around the world. An integrative capstone course draws together skills learned in the natural and social sciences to write and defend an environmental impact statement for an off-campus project.
Environmental Science majors find employment in fields such as agriculture, community planning, environmental consulting, natural resource management, environmental health and safety, environmental law, hazardous waste management, naturalist, pollution control, and wildlife management.
With your Environmental Science degree from Westminster, you might pursue a career with a number of different organizations, such as …
Federal agencies: National Resource Conservation Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, and Geological Study.
State agencies: Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks, and the Department of Conservation.
Or county health departments, law firms, and non-profit organizations such as the Sierra Club, private consulting firms, and school systems.