Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in environmental science will develop
your understanding of Earth's natural systems and their interconnections with human
society. The program is designed to help you thoroughly understand the geosphere,
hydrosphere and biosphere before focusing on sub-disciplines such as human population
growth or climate change.
Major in Environmental Science
If you choose to major in environmental science at SLU, you'll have full access to
the resources of the University's earth and atmospheric sciences department, including
excellent computer and research laboratories, departmental field trips and internship
Students majoring in the Bachelor of Science program are required to take 14 more
credits of science and math, resulting in a firmer grasp of the sciences required.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is potentially more appropriate for students interested
in pursuing a professional degree in areas such as law or business, or who are more
interested in the public policy associated with environmental science.
Environmental science students at SLU can choose from four concentrations: biology,
chemistry, atmospheric science or geoscience. The concentration requirements are individually
defined by the department and are roughly equivalent to completing a minor in the
specific area of interest.
You will also have the option of participating in a capstone project that provides
you with a real-world perspective on concepts you learn in class. In addition, you
may choose to participate in faculty research projects, many of which include funding
specifically to support the participation of undergraduate students.
Undergraduate students in SLU’s environmental science program have the option to pursue
internship opportunities in collaboration with other departments on campus, as well
as participating in faculty research projects.
Demand for graduates with a knowledge of natural systems is strong and projected to
increase. Majoring in environmental science serves as excellent preparation for graduate
degrees in medicine, the sciences, law and other disciplines where a strong background
in environmental science is desirable.
SLU’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has a proud tradition of combining
strong classroom and field-based instruction with an internationally recognized research
faculty. It also frequently hosts visiting scientists from around the globe and sponsors
technical and general environmental seminars.
Weekend field trips, canoe trips and social events are scheduled throughout the year.
One perk associated with this major is the opportunity to join other faculty and students
on annual, weeklong field trips across the country. Visit environmentally important
sites and get to know the faculty, other students and alumni who join the trips.