BS in Environmental Sciences

The major is designed to encourage breadth in the physical and life sciences and depth in a chosen area of scientific concentration, such as such as marine ecosystems, hydrology, or climate change.


Organization Name: 
Duke University - Nicholas School of the Environment
Discipline: 
Environmental
Degree : 
Bachelor's Degree
Location: 
Durham, NC

The B.S. degree is designed for students interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues. The major is designed to encourage breadth in the physical and life sciences and depth in a chosen area of scientific concentration, such as such as marine ecosystems, toxicology, hydrology and chemical cycling, or climate change. Students who receive the B.S. in Environmental Sciences are prepared for graduate study in a related field. They may also wish to pursue one of the following careers:

Environmental advising on Capitol Hill or in other local, state or federal government agencies
Environmental consulting
K-12 education
Research assistant in a university, institute, or other scientific agency
Education at museums or other outreach settings
Majors may also choose to enter a professional graduate program in medicine, law, business, or public health.

The B.S. degree stresses a firm foundation in the physical and life sciences and mathematics. Students are required to select five courses from six course options that focus on the the atmosphere, the biosphere, chemical cycling, the solid earth, the hydrosphere, and the interface between humans and the environment. A probability and statistics course is also required. The remaining required courses in the upper-level curriculum are selected from the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in consultation with the student’s advisor to form a concentration area.