See the World & Save the World
Upon graduation, I could go almost anywhere I wanted to go because of my experiences at the University of Saint Francis
Justin Hoover ’11
USF’s Environmental Science program puts you in the heart of the action as you study one of the most pressing issues of modern times: the conservation, restoration, and protection of our natural resources.
The world will literally be your classroom! Students participate in extensive field work — including opportunities for local, national, and international research and travel.
This new concentration responds to the world’s growing need for Sustainable Food Systems and includes a focus on urban agriculture. You’ll visit a variety of urban farms to learn cutting- edge sustainability operations, as well as complete an internship. Your program will culminate in a meaningful project based on your developing interests.
Love the outdoors? This concentration will put you there! Classes regularly venture outside to study environmental issues through a conservation lens. You’ll learn to identify plant and animal species, analyze water management practices, and plan for the conservation of endangered species. This track will prepare you for a career in the growing conservation biology market.
This concentration blends environmental science with issues of health, safety, and the law. You’ll learn about environmental pollution, toxins that cause diseases, and laws to combat them. By your junior year, you’ll be engaged in project-based work that makes a real difference. The Liberal Arts track includes an active field studies program with courses that will take you to the Bahamas, Colorado, the desert in Utah and Arizona, and the southern Appalachian Mountains.
You’ll develop close, mentoring relationships with USF professors!
I transferred to USF from another university where the professors seemed disinterested. It’s a whole different experience here! My USF professors are genuinely interested in my success and are always available to help. Plus, they’re amazing scientists with research and projects of their own. I’ve learned so much from them.
Robert Spice ‘19
Environmental Science major
As an environmental science major, you won’t sit idle! Active learning starts your freshman year when you tap a maple tree, cook the sap, and process maple sugar. It continues throughout your studies in the form of projects, internships, & travel.
Projects: USF students have built rain gardens, bird gardens, and nature trails, helped maintain the restored prairie on campus, written trail guides, and led hikes through ACRES Land Trust.
Internships to match your interests! Recent sites include:
The work I’m doing now in Marine Biology is the direct result of my USF research experience. I spent one summer studying river systems in Kentucky and another studying dolphins in Florida. I credit my USF professors, who invited me to participate in their own research and then helped me find opportunities that matched my interests.
Emily Richardson ’16
Ph.D. candidate at Monash University, Australia
Our field research courses give you the opportunity to study different habitats, while contributing to ongoing research. Regularly-scheduled trips include travel to the following sites:
Of our Environmental Science students find jobs in the field or enter graduate school
Expected job growth for environmental scientists and specialists by 2026, faster than average.