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Environmental Science

Professionals in the relatively new field of Environmental Science study the ways in which humans interact with and affect the living and non-living components of the Earth. It’s a growing profession with a bright future for those interested in working in everything from sustainability and pollution to conservation and resource management.

As a student in the program, you will take the core biology curriculum along with specialty courses offered in environmental science. Its problem-based exercises are designed for students working collaboratively and thinking critically.

Your knowledge base obtained in the classroom is complemented by the hands-on learning opportunities found in laboratory and field experiences, including an excursion to Costa Rica.

All environmental science majors engage in a semester-long research experience, a rare opportunity on the undergraduate level. This, along with other practical learning experiences, is especially impressive when you apply for graduate and professional school or enter the job market. You will also have opportunities to present your research at scholarly forums and attend scientific meetings, as well as publish in scientific literature.

In addition to the highly qualified biology faculty members, the primary professor in environmental science holds a Ph.D., has published extensively with students and has work experience in the government, private industry and non-profit sectors.

The department is housed in WC’s newest facility, the recently opened Center for the Sciences & Agriculture.

Biology and Environmental Sciences faculty member Dr. Kendra Cipollini is a widely recognized expert on invasive species. She speaks on the subject during a PBS broadcast in 2011. Click here for her presentation.

Recent student projects include:

  • Watershed quality assessment of Little Miami River, Birch Creek and Yellow Springs Creek in Glen Helen Nature Preserve through water quality and biological sampling.
  • Ecological restoration through invasive species control at Caesar Creek Gorge Natural Area
  • Evaluation of horse riding impacts and recommendations for improvement at Glen Helen Nature Preserve

A total of 53 hours with grades of “C-” or better in all courses is required. Courses other than those offered only as pass/no pass may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis for this major.

Required Courses: Common Core 25 hours.

Concentration Requirements: 28 hours

Required course:

ES332 Ecology and Conservation Biology (4)

Required: 8 hours of the following.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity (4)

BI333 Plant Biology (4)

ES350 Advanced Topics in Field Biology (4)


ES350G-NS (repeatable when topics vary for a total of 8 hours)

Required: 16 hours from the following.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity** (4)

BI333 Plant Biology** (4)

BI336 Evolution (4)

BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)

BI340 Animal Physiology (4)

BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4)

BI346 Genetics (4)

BI349 Parasitology (4)

BI350 Advanced Topics for Biology Majors (4)

BI434 Molecular Biology (4)

** may be taken if not chosen above

Required: Proficiency Exam during sophomore and senior year.