Frequently Asked Questions - Environmental Science
What skills do I need to succeed in this major?
If you’re considering an environmental science major at CMU, you should be curious
about your environment and possess a desire to help improve it. Environmental scientists
combine analytical and communication skills to act as leaders on environmental issues.
To be most successful, you should develop a solid foundation in chemistry, physics,
geology, biology, meteorology, mathematics, analysis and reasoning.
How will I know if this major fits me?
If you are interested in conservation, air quality, water quality, biodiversity, energy,
natural resources, food production, health, sustainability and other environmental
issues, then this major would be a great choice for you. Environmental scientists
work to understand these issues and help find solutions to the problems that exist.
What can I expect to learn?
As an environmental science student at CMU, you will learn about a diverse range of
environmental issues, and will better understand historical conditions and modern
trends. You will study environmental policies, resources, population growth, economics,
urbanization, conservation, toxicology, agriculture development, and more.
What technology will I use in this major?
Especially in lab courses, you will learn about the testing procedures and equipment
necessary to measure and monitor environmental indicators of biodiversity, air and
water quality, stream health, soil fertility, and toxicology. Examples of classes
in which you will utilize technology include Introduction to Environmental Science,
Environmental Chemistry, and Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Will I have opportunities for internships and hands-on learning experiences?
Internship opportunities are available and strongly encouraged. CMU students in environmental
science have completed internships at regional environmental testing laboratories
and in state conservation agencies, departments of natural resources, and federal
departments like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Students may also conduct undergraduate
research with CMU faculty.
What are CMU environmental science majors saying about their experience?
“I chose environmental science because I love learning about our environment and studying
different elements in nature. CMU has great professors that are very well-educated
and have more than enough experience in their field. They give us the information
we need to succeed and they also connect with the students on a personal level.” –
What are CMU students who graduated with this degree doing now?
Our graduates have gone on to graduate school in environmental engineering, hydrology
and other fields. Others work in toxicology labs for agencies such as the U.S. Geological
Survey. The opportunities are as varied as the many different areas of study within
Who can I speak with for more information about this major?
For additional guidance and information about the environmental science major, contact CMU’s Admissions Department at 660-248-6251, toll-free at 877-CMU-1854, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about this major, visit our Major Resources page provided through CMU’s Career Development Center.