Explore the new environmental science degree

By Robert Boos
Posted May 25, 2016

Explore the new environmental science degree

The aftermath of an oil spill flickers on the television. Scientists, government officials and volunteers populate an oil soaked beach, where an overturned tanker looms a mile distance from shore. Cargo planes dump oil dispersants that settle on the water as a fine mist. Seagulls waddle about the shore with their bodies coated in a thin film of oil.

The scene demands action. Somebody should stop this, but who? How does one person make an impact? It seems like the pollution nightmares of today only expand the need for solutions.

The environmental science bachelor of science is a new program at Metropolitan State. This degree is built upon a foundation of mathematics, physics, biology and social science. A degree in environmental science helps open the door to a wide range of fields including applied science, pollution management, conservation biology, public health and natural resource management. It prepares students to work in a laboratory setting, conduct professional research and think using analytical and quantitative reasoning. It teaches you to become a voice in the most pressing issues of our day—how to clean up after ourselves. Environmental science graduates may choose to continue on to professional and graduate programs in research, management and education.

The environmental science BS is a 60-credit major with 35 foundation credits and 25 core course work credits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field is projected to grow largely in the private sector to meet the demands of regulators, and Metropolitan State is helping meet that need.

Overall, the BLS reports the field will grow at 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average job growth rate of 7 percent over the same time frame. The field needs people willing to tackle these issues with the will and ability to fix society’s problems. Metropolitan State’s environmental science BS creates an avenue through which you can add to the patchwork of solutions that are needed to solve today’s environmental problems. The question remains: do you want to become part of the solution?

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Environmental Scientist and Specialist occupation outlook

College of Arts and Sciences  Undergraduate Program Declaration Form