Environmental Science

Combines the disciplines of biological science, conservation science, and physical science into an integrated approach of studying the environment and the world around us. Graduates are prepared with the skills to solve environmental problems, challenges, and so much more.

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The World Around Us

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Local and state conservation
  • Laboratories
  • Environmental assessment
  • Water management
  • Environmental education and outreach

What makes the environmental science major at BVU unique from other schools is that it is a ‘science’ major with a much more defined set of classes teaching the fundamental concepts needed in biological science, conservational science, and physical science to be competitive in the job market.

Biological science prepares students for careers in conservation work with the DNR and similar conservation organizations, while physical science studies prepares students for careers in consulting companies with organizations that conduct environmental assessments on environmental contamination and cleanup.

 

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Go Mobile

In 2016, BVU hosted its first mobile app Hackathon in conjunction with the computer science department to build an environmentally-themed app. The winning team took home a $1,000 prize!

Scholarships and Grants

School of Science students have access to special funds to participate in internships and field courses. Some have recently used this money to attend a Predator Ecology course in Northern Minnesota.

Restoration

BVU students have been involved in ecological assessments of an environmental restoration project at the Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust that oversees a 4,300-acre nature preserve near Coon Rapids.

100 Percent

BVU grads are in demand. A survey found that 100 percent of Environmental Science majors from the Class of 2017 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

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Special Access

The equipment for professionals

Have you seen our greenhouse or analytical lab yet? In the greenhouse, students are given the opportunity to manage plants found around campus and grow plants for community projects. Managing the greenhouse allows the students the opportunity to become more familiar with different areas of botany, an area of environmental conservation, and to gain management skills.

The analytical lab gives students access to the large amount of equipment available. Environmental science students have the opportunity to conduct water quality research, utilizing our very own Storm Lake and other local bodies of water. This allows graduates to graduate with the analytical skills sought after by employers.

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Be in Demand

Clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, work to reduce waste

BVU grads with a good understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, conservation, and physical sciences have a far easier time finding a job than others.

Each day BVU students are learning concepts of the world around them, precision agriculture, climate change, and other environmental issues. All of these areas are of interest to employers and graduate schools. They have the opportunity to work in the areas of conservation and agribusiness- two in-demand fields for the state of Iowa and the Midwest region.

Internships

  •  Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
  •  Natural Resources Conservation Services and Animal Rescue of Carroll, Iowa
  •  Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Invasive Species Unit

Careers

  •  Pueblo Chemical Depot, Environmental Compliance Representative
  •  Sioux County, Park Ranger and Naturalist
  •  Ecology Institute, Environmental Education

Graduate School

  •  Creighton University
  •  University of Iowa
  •  Iowa State University
Major in Environmental Science (54-55 Credit Hours)
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Minor in Environmental Science (21 Credit Hours)
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Faculty

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Dr. Bob Brodman
Associate Professor of Biology
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Dr. Benjamin Maas
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Geology
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