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Environmental Science Major

BS in Environmental Sciences
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Degree Plan

An Environmental Science degree focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. This degree includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling. An Environmental Science major must elect 1 of 4 options and complete a minimum of 12 hours of approved courses. These four options include Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Modeling, Environmental Geology, and Atmospheric Sciences.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . You are also urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .


Possible careers with a degree in Environmental Sciences include careers in land use planning, environmental control, natural resources management, water and soil quality, waste disposal, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers. For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services.

Contact Information

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
312 Science and Research 1
Houston, TX 77204-5007
Phone: 713-743-3399

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