CFAES Give Today

School of Environment and Natural Resources


Environmental Science

In order to develop solutions for human-caused environmental change, we must first understand the principles of the natural environment. Students in the Environmental Science (ES) program engage in an integrated science curriculum, designed to give students a broad perspective on the environment, its components and processes, and ways to manage and restore the ecosystems within it. This major investigates the mechanisms behind climate change, develops approaches to sustainably manage Earth’s resources, and works to support and preserve biodiversity.

Since 2014, 92.1%-92.6% of students in this major have acquired employment or enrolled in graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation.
On average, 19% of ES grads go directly into graduate or professional school.

Within the Environmental Science major, students may choose 1 of the following 4 specializations in which to focus:

Ecosystem Restoration- Students will study how ecosystems (both land and water) function at the physical, biological, and chemical level. This specialization is aimed at giving students the knowledge needed to preserve, create and restore our fragile ecosystems.

Environmental Molecular Science- Environmental Molecular Science looks for answers to environmental challenges by studying their smallest components, analyzing chemical and biological processes on the scale of a single atom, molecule, and cell.   It is particularly suited for students wishing to pursue an advanced degree from graduate school (M.S. or Ph.D.) in the fields of environmental microbiology, geobiology, or biogeochemistry. A more detailed description of the specialization and job opportunities can be found here. Additional information for students considering career paths in this field can be found here.

 Soil Resources and Environmental Sustainability- Land and water systems depend heavily on the soil to maintain their functions and stability. This specialization focuses on sustaining and improving soil   quality to ensure a healthy environment.

 Water Science- One of the biggest environmental issues we are facing is the quality and quantity of our water.  This specialization addresses the role that freshwater plays in our human and natural  systems, competing and growing demands for water, and the influences of changes in climate and land-use on our water resources.

View Environmental Science major requirements here.



Career Outcomes:


Stormwater Field Consultant, Alpha EMC, Florida
City Forester, City of New Albany, Ohio
Homestead Metro Park Counselor, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Service Event Coordinator, FLOW, Ohio
Environmental Intern, New York State Parks, New York
Modeling, Assessment and TMDL Intern, Ohio EPA, Ohio
Soil Conservationist, USDA - NRCS, Ohio
Applications Engineer, Fondriest Environmental, Ohio
Environmental Consulting Co-op, GPD Group, Ohio
Restoration Technician, Homer Companies, Illinois
Student Researcher, KAUST Red Sea Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Environmental Scientist, Kentucky EPA, Kentucky
Ecologist, Lawhon & Associates, Ohio
Fish Technician, Midwest Biodiversity Institute, Ohio
Environmental Specialist II, Ohio EPA, Ohio
Volunteer, Peace Corps, Zambia
Preserve Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Ohio
Aquatic Specialist, AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Management, Ohio
Viticulture Research Intern, E&J Gallo Winery, California
Health, Environmental, and Safety Professional, Marathon Petroleum Company, Louisiana
Laboratory Scientist 1, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio

Full employment and graduate school outcome reports are available here.