Why Study Environmental Science?

If you care about the environment, want to improve natural habitats, or influence environmental political policy, consider a degree in Environmental Science.

USF’s small classes mean our professors have time to help you explore your own passions, and complete your own research. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills to make the world a better place.


Conservation Biology

A concentration in Conservation Biology allows you to personalize your degree, and get outside a little more. You’ll learn to identify species (including birds, insects, trees, and other plants), understand environmental problems, use statistics and maps, comprehend water management practices, and classify rock and soil dynamics.

Liberal Arts

This track is for those wanting to make the world a better place, but might not be sure how. Every graduate since the program began in 1993 has found a job in his or her field of choice or been accepted into graduate school within two months. Upper level courses are very hands on and project based. This concentration is supported by a very active field studies program with regularly scheduled courses in the Bahamas, Desert Southwest (AZ/UT), Southern Appalachian Mountains, Colorado, and Indiana.

Sustainable Food Systems

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.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said environmental scientists possess:

  • An analytical mind to find conclusions after analyzing data
  • Communication skills used to share and explain your findings
  • Problem-solving skills to figure out how to fix environmental problems
  • Self-discipline in order to spend some time working alone and be able to find ways to stay motivated

Skills You'll Obtain

Analyze samples and surveys to identify threats to the environment

Develop plans to prevent, control, or fix problems like land or water pollution

Learn laws and policies related to environmental science

Alumni Testimonial

Justin talks about the importance of his internship and discusses the quality of the USF internship partnerships.

After Graduation

100% of USF’s Environmental Science Graduates have found jobs or started graduate school after graduating. We have graduates working at the City of Fort Wayne, Cooper Tire, Ohio Health, Praxair, Raytheon Company, SES Environmental, Seven Gen, and the U.S. National Park Service.

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Conservation Biologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Nature Photographer
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Sustainable Agriculturist
  • Urban Tree Specialist