Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences is a major that brings together campus resources to satisfy the growing demand among entry-level students for a rigorous, science-based program that promotes critical thinking and emphasizes environmental problem solving in service to society. The program is designed to prepare graduates who will be highly competitive for entry level positions in non-profit and for-profit sectors, and for master’s programs and doctoral research programs in environmental fields.

Environmental Sciences is offered as a major in both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Letters & Science. In CALS, Environmental Sciences is housed administratively in the department of Soil Science.

Take Charge of your Education

Undergraduates in the Environmental Sciences program take courses satisfying core requirements in Ecology, Physical Environmental, GIS, and Policy and Social Perspectives. In addition to these requirements, students choose a path that most closely aligns with their career goals. Students may choose a broad overview of Environmental Sciences, or they may focus their studies on one of the four main areas listed above. Please see the Environmental Sciences Curriculum Sheet for more information.

Extracurricular Experience

Many CALS students earn invaluable experience by working or volunteering in research labs across campus. The interdisciplinary nature inherent in the Environmental Sciences major lends itself to a wide variety of research interests. Environmental Sciences students are especially encouraged to pursue these opportunities with faculty members in departments with a clear environmental focus, such as Landscape Architecture, Soil Science, Agronomy, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geosciences, and Geography.

Careers in Environmental Sciences

Earning a degree in Environmental Sciences can prepare you for a graduate school and a wide variety of career options, including employment as an ecologist, environmental analyst, park ranger, environmental educator, geophysicist, hazardous waste manager, hydrologist, environmental lawyer, soil conservation technician, meteorologist, urban and regional planner, civil engineer, natural resource specialist, or wildlife manager, just to name a few.

Financial Assistance

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers many scholarships that are granted based on academic performance, need or extracurricular activities. For more information on scholarships, loans and work-study programs contact the UW-Madison Office of Financial Services.

For more information contact the Environmental Sciences Department:

Prospective Student Services: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Office of Academic Affairs

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