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.
The environmental science program helps manage a 75-acre field station. Located in the beautiful Kettle Moraine region just west of campus, the property features a trout stream, cold-water springs, extensive wetlands, the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory. This site provides students with many opportunities for indoor and outdoor laboratory and research activities.
Change the World for Better Through Conservation, Protection and Sustainability
Environmental science is a growing field with many job sectors only requiring a bachelor's degree.
Carroll's program prepares you for careers in natural resource management, environmental protection, conservation, environmental consulting, education and government.
Carroll's Environmental Science Program Offers More Choice in Less Time
Our program is flexible, allowing you to double major or obtain minors and graduate in four years or less. You may make the most of your degree by tailoring curriculum to your career goals. A sample of what you can explore includes:
- Renewable and nonrenewable resource management, including forestry, fisheries and wildlife populations and their habitats
- The science of climate and climate change and associated environmental, political and social issues
- Problem solving in environmental systems
- Urban and suburban soil and water resources
- Watershed management and development of management plans
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS), widely used, specialized computer programs that examine data distributed on the Earth’s surface
Environmental science is a growing field which requires only a bachelor’s degree in most job sectors. Carroll’s program prepares you for careers in natural resource management, environmental protection, conservation, environmental consulting, government and air, water and soil quality.
Pairing the environmental science major with Carroll’s secondary education major can lead to certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach science in high school and middle school. Your major coursework will prepare you to teach courses in environmental science, while your emphasis coursework will prepare you to teach across science disciplines, which will make you more versatile in your school setting.
Graduate School Opportunities
Nearly half of Carroll's Environmental Science program students continue on to graduate programs in a wide variety of fields. Education, law, fish and wildlife ecology and management, marine sciences, environmental health, geographic information systems and water resources are just some of the directions you can choose to take your career.
Recent Carroll Environmental Science program alumni have 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