Environmental Science

Are you passionate about the environment and the science associated with its conservation and protection? Do you want to make a difference by discovering solutions to the complex challenges that face our planet? Are you interested in exploring the interactions and relationships between human and natural systems? Our environmental science program prepares you for a career with impact, working toward a world with a sustainable future.

Change the world for the better through conservation, protection and sustainability.

“As I got older, the more I appreciated the beauty of nature.”
— Hannah Miller '17

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About the Environmental Science major

Climate change. Pollution. Reduced biodiversity. Nonrenewable resources. Today, more than ever before, we face a wide range of environmental issues that impact all living things on our planet.

Carroll University’s Environmental Science program integrates geologic, atmospheric, chemical and biological knowledge. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that best prepares you to address natural resource management and find answers to environmental issues. You’ll develop a scientific understanding of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of environmental systems, learn to analyze environmental data and issues using quantitative and qualitative methods and acquire valuable laboratory and field skills.

Carroll offers the added advantage of hands-on learning and research experiences at our 75-acres of woodlands, a trout stream, cold-water springs and rare wetlands located in the beautiful Kettle Moraine region just west of campus. The property includes the Greene Field Station, which is adjacent to Carroll's new Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and home to the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory.

Learn more about the Environmental Science program

Degrees / Minors

In addition to the major, Carroll offers four minors that complement many areas of study. We also offer two master’s degree options in collaboration with Alaska Pacific University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Milwaukee Health Department
  • The Society for Marine Mammalogy
  • Tall Pines Conservancy
  • Retzer Nature Center
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Local environmental consulting firms
  • Waukesha Green Team
  • Carroll University Greene Field Station 
  • Waukesha Land Conservancy


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Latest Program News

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Research at Prairie Springs

Two recent graduates trade their gowns for lab coats and head back to Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and Greene Field Station to continue their research.

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Student receives study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi

Haylee Albrecht was one of 50 students nationwide to be awarded a study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi.

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“I want to be a part of the conversation and solution...”
— Megan Weller '19

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Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Kelly Jo LaBlanc

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science
Dr. Joseph Piatt

Dr. Joseph Piatt

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
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