Environmental Science - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students majoring in environmental science should have a strong interest in environmental challenges. Environmental science requires a solid foundation of knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology, biology, meteorology. The most successful students will be those with the strongest skills in written and oral communication and those with strong skills in mathematics, analysis and reasoning.


What will I learn?

Students will develop skills in written and oral communication, math, analysis and reasoning through their coursework. Other specific skills will follow from courses chosen. This includes knowledge chemistry, physics, geology, biology, meteorology. Hands-on laboratory sections of environmental science courses develop skills in laboratory and field testing techniques.

The choice of coursework within the environmental science major at CMU is flexible to allow students a custom fit to their goals. Students work closely with advisors to choose the appropriate courses and experiences to help them reach those goals.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

All environmental science majors complete either a capstone internship, or a research project. There are many opportunities for internships, research experience, and job shadowing in environmental science.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

Job opportunities are available in environmental consulting firms, public utility companies, municipalities and federal environmental agencies. The curriculum provides a good foundation for those planning to pursue graduate studies in environmental science, industrial hygiene, pollution control or waste management.


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