Environmental science is the study of the natural environment and its processes and
interactions, including how humans impact and interact within the environment. The
objective is to improve the current and future welfare of humans through the application
of science and the development of sound environmental policies.
Why environmental science at OSU?
As an environmental science major at OSU, your courses will involve problem-solving
studies related to water and soil quality, economics, environmental policy, political
science, resource management and engineering. In addition, you will gain important
skills in communication, philosophy, ethics and sociology. An environmental science
degree is versatile. Graduates are employed in a wide range of fields and sectors
including private, non-profit and government agencies.
Over time, people are becoming more aware of the importance of monitoring and protecting
the environment in which we live. We are realizing we have a significant impact on
the natural environment around us, and global population growth is increasing the
demand for positions in the environmental science field.
Soil and water quality
Wetlands and watershed management
15%projected job growth
Jobs within the environmental science field are projected to grow about 15 percent
through 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics says
“Environmental science is important simply because it’s the environment
– it’s what surrounds us. It is the environment, plus the humans and animals who live
in it. The environmental science major is about being able to balance what we need
with what we want.”
- Janayah Murray Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Many courses in this program are hands-on and designed to get students outside and
out of traditional classroom settings. For example, the senior-level capstone class
features a team-based project, which helps students develop real-world experience
as they work with professionals in environmental science related fields.
A multi-faceted approach
The environmental science undergraduate major is directly supported by faculty from
several departments within CASNR: agricultural economics, biosystems and agricultural
engineering, entomology and plant pathology, horticulture and landscape architecture,
natural resource ecology and management, and plant and soil sciences. The combined
efforts and experience of the faculty members provides a unique and multi-faceted
approach to learning for students in the degree program.
Students majoring in environmental science benefit from working with faculty who are
conducting cutting-edge research involving environmental problems. CASNR has long
been committed to fostering research opportunities and partnerships that lead to scholastic
achievement, societal improvements, technological innovation and economic revitalization.