Environmental Science


Are you greatly concerned about our environmental quality? Look no further! This major at Silver Lake College may be just for you! It is designed to prepare you for entry-level positions into a variety of careers related to the natural environment.

This program focuses on the scientific aspects of environmental problems and provides an understanding of their social and political dimensions. It has a strong emphasis on field/laboratory skills, data analysis, awareness of environmental issues, and the expertise to assess them in this 21st century. A Silver Lake graduate in Environmental Science Biology, with an additional year of professional experience in the field, is qualified to become a Certified Ecologist. Graduates wishing to focus in areas such as environmental policy, are well prepared to enter Master's Programs.

Exciting Careers in Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science, with its technical knowledge and skills, can lead to a career in a broad variety of places. The field of environmental protection includes opportunities in solid waste management, hazard waste management, air quality management, and water quality management. Many of these jobs are provided by federal, state or local governments. Maybe it's natural resource management that you prefer. Here are jobs such as forestry, parks management, outdoor recreation, fisheries, wildlife management and land conservation. Other environmental scientists specialize in environmental planning, field and laboratory research, community planning, policy analysis, or environmental education. The major is structures so that students wishing to continue their training at the graduate level may do so in a variety of disciplines.

Course Requirements

The Biology Major with emphasis on Environmental Science integrates both coursework, field study and laboratory analysis. It includes 36 credits taken from the following categories:

  • General Biology (4 credit lab course) BIO 104 or its equivalent;
  • Biology core courses: Plant Biology (BIO 203), Genetics (BIO 301), Science Literacy, Technology & Research (NSC 210), Vertebrate Biology (BIO 206), and General Ecology (BIO 300);
  • Environmental Science courses: Invertebrate Biology (BIO 205), Environmental Science (BIO 271), and Advanced Ecology (BIO 405)
  • In addition, supporting courses in Chemistry and Statistics are required, as well as the Liberal Arts Studies curriculum.
  • A minor in Integrated Natural Science is encouraged with its courses in the physical and earth sciences.