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Environmental Science Major

While earth-space science primarily focuses on the solar system and natural earth formations such as rocks, volcanoes and mountains, environmental science explores how air quality, water quality, plants, organisms and their relationships to one another affect the environment and impact the health of our planet over time. UIndy's environmental science major gets you involved in a variety of environmental research projects, giving you the tools to identify possible risks to human health and the environment we live in. Students can also choose an environmental science minor.

Program strengths

This major challenges you to fully grasp concepts of how the natural world operates. This kind of fully developed learning is only possible with:

  • Small class sizes that foster individual research and growth
  • Expert professors aimed to fulfill student potential through research
  • Other science majors involved in courses to offer new perspectives
  • A vast Indiana paleontology collection open to student study


The environmental science program takes a dual approach to your education: theory and applied learning. You'll learn theory related to such topics as sustainability, climates change, hydrogeology, soil morphology and much more. Through applied learning, you will investigate the practical applications of these theories. You can expect to:

  • Research how soil and watersheds form
  • Map geological formations on local expeditions
  • Work with ongoing archeological projects
  • Collect, identify and organize Indiana paleontological specimens

Potential careers in environmental science

Upon graduation, you will have gained fundamental knowledge about how the physical world operates, giving you the necessary tools to build careers in areas such as:

  • Environmental research
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental engineering
  • Ecology
  • Air and water quality
  • Meteorology
  • Toxicology
  • Forestry

Environmental science might be for you if:

  • You are a nature lover who is interested in working outdoors
  • You have a strong interest in the physical and life sciences
  • You enjoy math and working with computers
  • You wish to use your communication skills in a science-related field

Environmental science minor

If you're choosing another major but have secondary interests in the physical and biological sciences, energy resources or conservation, consider tacking on an environmental science minor to your studies. Completion of this minor requires a minimum of 18-22 hours in required courses.

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as an environmental science major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The environmental science guide lists the classes you'll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.