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Environmental Science & Sustainability

Program Overview

Human activity since the Industrial Revolution has lifted billions of individuals out of poverty but has also degraded the ecosystems on which all life depends. Ensuring the continued well-being of society depends on sustainable management of soil, water, air, plant, wildlife, and microbial systems. A degree in Environmental Science & Sustainability prepares students with hands-on curriculum to understand and improve human interactions with the environment. Students may pursue careers in research, management, consulting, medicine, and related fields.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 60.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: PWS 150 - note that this class fulfills BYU General Education requirements for both Biological Science and Global and Cultural Awareness.

Environmental Science Major Snippets

Beyond The Classroom

Environmental Science & Sustainability students can pursue opportunities for mentored research with faculty in desert, forest, aquatic, arctic, urban, and agricultural ecosystems and in the BYU Environmental Analytical Laboratory (EAL). Annual study abroad opportunities allow students and faculty to learn together in diverse ecosystems and unique cultures. The BYU Environmental Science Club brings together students, faculty, and alumni in fun and educational settings. Club-organized trips each semester connect students with environmental challenges, solutions, and employers.

Career Paths

Environmental Science & Sustainability careers are growing rapidly, with jobs at all levels of government as well as in private and non-profit sectors.

  • Environmental Research and Education
  • Environmental Policy, Planning, And Management
  • Environmental Consulting and Ecobusiness
  • Government and Private Conservation Agencies

The Environmental Science & Sustainability degree is a possible pathway into medical school and law school.

Possible Occupations:

  • Agronomy Technician
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Conservation Education Specialist

Other considerations in government as well as in private and non-profit sectors:

  • Environmental research and education
  • Environmental policy, planning, and management
  • Environmental consulting and eco-business
  • Government and private conservation agencies
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Daniel Dearden

Advisor

Exercise Science (N-P)
Plant & Wildlife Science (A-K)
Neuroscience (I-Z)
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Monica Eastman

Advisor

Exercise Science (Q-Z)
Integrated MAT (Q-Z)
Plant & Wildlife Science (L-Z)
CELL (H-Z)
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MEET YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.