Major in Environmental Science and Technology
Director: John DiVincenzo
Environmental Science and Technology (EST) is an interdisciplinary major offered in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. The broad-based curriculum offers coursework in the natural sciences, life sciences, mathematics, agriculture, technology, and the arts. Four concentrations in environmental areas—Energy Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Planning and Site Analysis, and Water Resources—are available to allow the student to pursue an area of interest.
No minor is required but is encouraged for EST students. Courses that are part of a student’s major cannot be used in a minor. The requirements for a major in Environmental Science and Technology can be obtained from the director of the program and include an EST core, 30 hours in General Education outside of the math and science areas, and several hours in an identified specialty or concentration. Each of the concentrations has its own advisor.
Typical employment opportunities exist in the various levels of governmental agencies and as environmental consultants in manufacturing, construction, and agricultural industries in such areas as air and water quality control, environmental analysis, recycling, hazardous and solid waste management, and noise.
Courses are offered by Agribusiness and Agriscience, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, and Geosciences.
Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities offered through the Center for Energy Efficiency and the CLEAR Water Institute. The center promotes energy economics and environmental awareness and stewardship for students, faculty, administrators, and others in the community. Through interaction with local, state, and federal associations, the center offers certification seminars, educational and training opportunities, and leadership in achieving energy management and efficiency goals. The institute is an interdisciplinary group of scientists that address environmental issues related to water quality. Undergraduate research opportunities exist.
Students should consult their advisors each semester to plan their schedules.
NOTE: The specific requirements and characteristics of the concentrations are under review.
Selection of courses available to EST students