Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary major integrating study in complementary fields to promote understanding of the relationship between the living and non-living components of the world. Important concepts from biology, chemistry, geology, physics, economics, geography, sociology and political science are integrated to explore these connections. BGSU’s environmental science major places special emphasis on interactions between humans and nature and the environmental conflicts which arise from competing uses of resources and how they affect the natural world.

Career Opportunities

Modern society needs a steady supply of well-trained, knowledgeable environmental scientists with broad-based, interdisciplinary science training and strong problem-solving skills. Students completing the environmental science major have a wide range of excellent career opportunities. Graduates are prepared for positions in fields such as natural-resource management, wildlife protection and preservation, biological and chemical quality monitoring, watershed management, geospatial systems analysis, conservation biology, environmental remediation, energy systems design, and sustainable management. Opportunities exist in business as consultants, in industry and government as managers and technicians, and in non-profit organizations as technical specialists working on current threats to environmental integrity. Graduates may work for industry helping to assess and minimize waste streams while providing quality control in product design. Increasingly, graduates are needed to address solid waste disposal problems, devise products using recycled materials, and helping industry reduce their carbon footprint. Demand is increasing in outdoor schools, travel and adventure programs. Government agencies are a source for many jobs for environmental scientists, who help the agencies respond to management challenges and provide healthy and attractive communities. In addition to these opportunities available to our graduates, some students elect to continue their education through professional training in medicine, veterinary medicine or law, while others pursue graduate degrees in areas such as conservation biology and environmental management.


Environmental science is broadly interdisciplinary. The curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of regional, national and global environmental problems and how to develop and implement solutions. Environmental science majors complete foundational courses in the natural sciences, mathematics and specialized environmental courses. Having a knowledge base that links scientific understanding with social science skills provides our graduates unusual abilities to be effective as environmental decision-makers.

Special Features

Students choose courses from five environmentally focused specializations: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education and Interpretation, Watershed Management, or Geospatial Analysis.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary major. This means that in the sophomore year each student identifies a possible career goal and selects a specialization that will provide knowledge and skills in preparation for future employment.

Students may select a study abroad semester to provide an environmental experience within a new culture. Internships in the host country are part of the international opportunity.

The capstone Environmental Impact Statement course gives all students experience in researching and evaluating solutions to a local environmental issue. Working as part of a team, students find solutions to real-world problems, many of which are implemented on the campus or within the larger community

Opportunities for student led activities also are available within specialized student groups. Some students also help bring sustainability to campus, working with the Office of Campus Sustainability.

Preparation for College

High school biology, chemistry and physics are valuable indicators of scientific aptitudes and provide a background for effective college work in environmental science.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use.

Department of the Environment and Sustainability Highlights

BGSU recently brought together the degree programs in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, and Environmental policy and Analysis into a single department. This change has expanded our faculty and physical resources, and helps us integrate among complementary disciplines. We believe that our department puts BGSU on the forefront preparing students for their careers and to take advantage of future opportunities in a rapidly changing world.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Environmental Science, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: