Environmental science aims to improve the current and future welfare of humans through
the application of science and the development of sound environmental policies. You
will focus on the study of the natural environment, its processes and interactions,
and the ways in which humans impact and interact within the environment.
Why environmental science at OSU?
As an environmental science major, you will engage in problem-solving studies related
to water and soil quality, economics, environmental policy, political science, resource
management and engineering. You will also 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
Employment for graduates occurs in a wide range of fields and sectors including private,
non-profit and government agencies. Graduates can look forward to working in one or
more of the following fields:
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
Many courses in the environmental science program are hands-on and designed to immerse
you in the field, providing you with the opportunity to address environmental problems
from the standpoint of ethics, risk, and scientific and social feasibility. 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
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs within
the environmental science field are projected to grow about 11 percent through 2026,
which is higher than the average for all job fields.
A multi-faceted approach
The environmental science undergraduate major is a multidisciplinary major directly
supported by faculty from several departments within the Ferguson College of Agriculture:
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 approach, and experience of the faculty
members, will give you a unique and multi-faceted academic career.
As an environmental science student, you will benefit from working with faculty who
are conducting cutting-edge research involving environmental problems. The Ferguson
College of Agriculture has long been committed to fostering research opportunities
and partnerships that lead to scholastic achievement, societal improvements, technological
innovation and economic revitalization.