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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science 
Coming Fall 2020

"Our Planet, Your Future"

Why study environmental sciences at WSU?

If you have a passion for the environment and want to make a difference for the long-term viability of ecosystems, wildlife and human communities across our planet, consider earning your degree in environmental science at Weber State University. Like all other degrees in the College of Science at Weber State, our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science involves close interaction and collaboration between faculty and students, including an opportunity to complete an undergraduate research project.
With your degree, you can become an environmental scientist, a problem solver who works on complex issues related to climate change, sustainability, natural resources, and wildlife and ecosystem conservation. You’ll use your knowledge of life and physical sciences to protect environmental quality and viability and human health.

What will you learn?

As an environmental science major, you will conduct research in the outdoor laboratory of northern Utah’s mountains and lakes, along with our modern and well-equipped laboratories on campus, to explore issues of environmental health and natural resource management. 
You will learn to view and interpret Earth's surface as a complex system that supplies the requirements and resources for viable natural ecosystems and healthy human communities, along with presenting challenges for society in the form of climate change, natural hazards, pollution and resource scarcity. You’ll complete courses in the life and physical sciences, as well as mathematics.
Upon graduation, you’ll have developed skills in data collection — both in the field and in the lab — data analysis and the interpretation and presentation of results. These are the critical thinking and communication skills common to all well-trained scientists.

What can you do with this degree?

Your degree will prepare you for entry-level jobs in the environmental sector of STEM-related careers and for graduate programs in environmental science and related fields, such as natural resource management or environmental law and policy. 
With your degree, you’ll find career opportunities with government agencies that manage public lands and/or enforce environmental regulations at the local, state or federal level; large private companies that utilize natural resources; consulting firms that specialize in helping clients address environmental issues; and colleges and universities that engage in high-level environmental research. 


Some of the WSU research
happening now:

Impact of wildfires on water quality in the western U.S.

Impact of glacier retreat in the Peruvian Andes on water quality and supply.

Geobiology study of melting sea ice in the Arctic.

Using rocks to reconstruct Utah’s environment during past periods of high atmospheric CO2.

Tracking the intensity of oceanic oxygen minimum zones.

Mist-net and band migratory birds during an international study abroad/research adventure to Lake Baikal in Russia.

Nature and health of microbial communities in the Great Salt Lake.

Using historic satellite imagery to document/ monitor forest change in northern Canada.

Reconstructing paleoclimate from lake sediments.

Office of
Undergraduate Research

Career and Salary Outlook

What does the future hold?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that environmental science jobs will grow by 8% between 2018 and 2028, faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S.

Why is there job growth?

It is driven by increased impact a growing human population has on water quality and quantity, air quality, climate, wildlife habitats, food production, and community susceptibility to natural disasters

What is the possible salary?

Our country will need environmental scientists for the foreseeable future. In 2018, the median salary for environmental scientists was $71,130 per year.


What can you do now to get started?

Sign up for updates on the new major, easy-to-access WSU outdoor “natural laboratories,” our well-equipped labs, student organization events, extracurricular activities and the experiences of dedicated environmental science faculty. You can also expect notification of current collaboration efforts with SPARC, Environmental Ambassadors program and ongoing undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities.

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Dr. Rick Ford
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mailing address

Weber State University
College of Science
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2507
Ogden, UT 84408-2501

Building location

Tracy Hall Science Center (TY338)

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