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Environmental science

Examine the present to protect the future

Do you want to help solve one of the most pressing challenges of our time? An undergraduate degree in environmental sciences from St. Norbert College will equip you with the skills to foster a healthier planet for all.

As an environmental science major, you’ll learn how humanity and nature are deeply intertwined. Our interdisciplinary program will integrate your knowledge of biology, geology and chemistry to study wildlife populations, plant life, waterways and energy. You’ll learn to research problems, identify environmental threats and work toward solutions that will protect our planet.

Academic paths within the major

At SNC, you can major or minor in environmental science. Expand your college studies by taking electives that could inform your future career. Want to make connections between environmental science and genetics, political science or wildlife conservation? Start by browsing our course catalog!

Elevate your environmental science education

SNC’s faculty collaborate with undergraduate environmental science majors on special research topics such as parasite genetics, bacterial neurotoxins and forestry practices. At SNC, you’ll have access to powerful technology, including our 27-foot research vessel and cutting-edge Geographical Information System (GIS) software.

Interested in studying abroad? Our partner programs include climatology in Ireland and environmental ethics in Tanzania. SNC offers many ways for you to create an exciting education in environmental science.

Major requirements


Course offerings

  • If you want to learn, there’s so many people here to help that can direct you to the available resources, on campus or off. Just explore openly.

    Subash Lamichhane ’21

    Portrait of student Subash Lamichhane
    Portrait of student Subash Lamichhane

    If you want to learn, there’s so many people here to help that can direct you to the available resources, on campus or off. Just explore openly.

    Subash Lamichhane ’21

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Undergraduate research

Help make advances in the study of environmental science by engaging in collaborative research projects with your professors.

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Practical internships

Explore the field through internships, and find out what it’s like to put your academic training to work.

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International reach

Develop a global perspective on environmental issues and experience vibrant ecosystems across the globe firsthand through our study abroad program.

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Learn from exceptional SNC environmental science faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your environmental science degree at work

Environmentalism is on the rise across many industries. Environmental science alumni from SNC could work in a variety of roles, including:

  • Environmental underwriter
  • GIS manager
  • High school science teacher
  • Medical lab processing assistant

Future study in environmental science

Our environmental science alumni are ready for the challenge of advanced study in graduate school, and SNC has an excellent track record for preparation and placement. More than half of our students further their education through post-graduate work, at institutions such as:

  • Bellin College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Concordia University
  • Michigan Tech
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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Contact the St. Norbert College admission office

Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115