Each of the students in our environmental science major conducts independent laboratory or field research leading to a final report (senior thesis).

Environmental Science

You know the world faces tough environmental challenges – climate change, uncertain water supplies and natural-resource depletion, among others. If you long to help overcome challenges like these, environmental science may be the field for you.

Environmental scientists integrate their knowledge of biology, geology and chemistry to study wildlife populations, plant life, waterways, energy and more. Through their work, they seek answers that will foster a healthier planet for all.

At St. Norbert College, you can major or minor in environmental science. When you major in the field, you earn a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science.

An Environmental Science Degree at Work
When you study environmental science, your coursework and required senior thesis run the gamut of the natural sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares you for work in industry, government or academia.

Some 60 percent of St. Norbert environmental science majors apply to graduate school. To date, more than 90 percent have been accepted.

Other environmental science majors have found work right out of St. Norbert College. Their employers include:
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental consulting firms
Enrich Your Environmental Science Degree
Many faculty members involve environmental science undergraduates in collaborative research and internships. You might find yourself monitoring fish traps, conducting lamprey snorkel surveys or plumbing the depths of northern lakes for pay.

To help you conduct this research, St. Norbert’s environmental science department provides state-of-the-art equipment and technology. This includes a 27-foot research vessel and Geographical Information System (GIS) software.

In the environmental science program, you also can earn scholarships and awards that recognize your academic achievement.

If you’d like to broaden your perspective on the world environment, the college’s study-abroad program provides opportunities on almost every continent.

Faculty Perspective

Anindo Choudhury“My teaching philosophy is that students should be active learners rather than passive recipients of knowledge. [My] long-term collaborations include research in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and involve scientists there. St. Norbert students continue to be active and constant participants and co-authors in this research through collaborative grants and independent studies courses.”

Anindo Choudhury
Professor of Environmental Science
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