What made you choose this major?
I decided to major in environmental science for two reasons, the first being that the idea of sitting inside all day was not ideal to me. Many environmental jobs have both a field and inside lab aspect. Another reason is that environmental problems have become bigger issues in the world lately and I want to be a part of the conversation and solution to many of those.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
We’ve learned how to use computer programs like excel and geographic information systems (GIS). Both of these programs are used often in environmental sciences to collect and display data. As my professors always tell us, GIS is the best skill we can learn in college, as most employers look to hire people with a basic understanding of it.
What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?
Carroll’s class sizes are quite small, especially once you get to your upper level major classes. Most of my classes range from 10-20 people that you really get to know over the course of the semesters. As result, the professors also get to know each person individually. Professors are a lot more approachable when they know your name, and as a result you’re able to have the courage to actually go to office hours and talk to them about the questions you have.
What's one of the most unique experience you’ve had relating to the coursework in your major?
In my Soils and Hydrology class we took a trip to a waste water utility and a waste water treatment plant. These trips gave us both an insight into what we were learning and how it all went together, and helped us see just what types of jobs we could obtain after graduation.
If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?
Environmental science is a growing field and you’ll be able to grow with it, too. You’ll have the opportunity to be on the front lines offering solutions to both national and global environmental problems. These problems don’t affect just a small amount of people, they affect us all, so your input has a direct effect on your own future.
Are you happy with your choice to attend Carroll University?
I am. Mostly this is because of the small class sizes and the one-on-one attention you get from your professors. They are all willing to help, and having them know who you are makes it easier to talk to them to get that help they are offering.