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Environmental Science

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 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.

Environmental Science Major Snippets

Program Summary

Program Credits: 56.0 - 58.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: PWS 150


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

Beyond The Classroom

Environmental Science 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 bring 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 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 degree is an excellent pathway into medical schools and law school.
Introductory Class: Environmental Biology (PWS 150) – note that this class fulfills BYU General Education requirements for both Biological Science and Global and Cultural Awareness.

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Gale Larson

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Gale. Loves. Students. Besides being a student herself for many years while working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she also spent many years as a Spanish teacher. From her own words: “My students teach me so much! They are my heroes and are great examples!”

Aside from her exceptional talent in advising students, Gale is also a skilled pianist and singer. You can find her sharing her musical talents at her local church congregation, in which she loves attending with her husband. She also loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Having multiple deaf family members, language and inclusion are very important to Gale. She signs and speaks Spanish.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Gale, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.