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What is water resources?

The water resources option in environmental science focuses on understanding and managing the quality and quantity of water resources.

Why water resources?

With the water resources option in environmental science, you will learn and apply environmental concepts for managing and protecting water resources including groundwater, wetlands, lakes, streams, and rivers.

Career paths

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:


Jobs within the environmental science field are projected to grow about 11 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Hands-on learning

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 related 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.


Undergraduate research

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.

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