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About the Environmental Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science prepares you to...

  • Develop a scientific understanding of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of environmental systems
  • Acquire laboratory and field skills for measuring environmental systems
  • Identify and understand the interrelationships between human and environmental systems
  • Analyze environmental data and issues using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Develop communication skills related to scientific information and resource management

Please refer to the Carroll University Course Catalog for course requirements of the major, minors and graduate program partnerships.

Environmental Science Minors

Natural Resource Management
Examine the natural and human aspects of resource management. This minor is recommended for you if you're interested in sustainability and management of resources such as ecosystems, wildlife, water, soils and geologic materials.

Environmental Studies
Study the interaction between human and environmental systems. If you're passionate about environmental issues from a social or political standpoint, this minor is for you. (This minor also includes a number of courses that meet Pioneer Core general education requirements!)

Earth Science
Dedicate your studies to understanding the Earth and its place in the universe. If science education or the physical (abiotic) aspects of the natural environment interest you, we recommend this minor.


We strongly encourage students in the Environmental Science program to seek out internship opportunities for skill development and networking benefits. Program faculty and Carroll University's Career Services staff are available to assist in identifying opportunities based on your individual career interests.

Recent Environmental Science student internships include:

  • Milwaukee Health Department
  • The Society for Marine Mammalogy
  • The Tall Pines Conservancy
  • Retzer Nature Center
  • Urban Econolgy Center
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Local Environmental Consulting Firms

Graduate School

Nearly half of Carroll's Environmental Science program students continue on to a graduate program in a wide variety of fields. Education, law, fish and wildlife ecology and management, environmental health, geographic information systems and water resources are just some of the directions you can choose to take your career.

Carroll's Environmental Science program alumni have recently continued their education in the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Science in Freshwater Science at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at University of Minnesota

Careers in Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a growing field with many job sectors only requiring a bachelor's degree (see the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for updated information on average income and job outlook projections).

Carroll's program will prepare you for careers in natural resource management, environmental protection, conservation, environmental consulting, education and government.

Recent careers of Carroll's Environmental Science program alumni:

  • National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement
  • Curator of Education at the Pocatello Zoo (Idaho)
  • Environmental Coordinator/Mopar® Supervisor at Chrysler LLC
  • Park Ranger for the National Park Service
  • Naturalist for the Retzer Nature Center
  • Environmental Health Specialist for Washington and Ozaukee County
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