What is the Western Difference for the Environmental Science Minor?
You’ll explore public and private lands, from sagebrush and streams to deep forests and rocky alpine crags. You’ll learn from passionate scientists dedicated to hands-on approaches. With Western’s connections to natural resource agencies, professionals frequently interact with our students in class, on field trips, and in training through internships and paid, local jobs.
Students can work with faculty mentors and design a program of study from a selection of elective courses to complement their chosen major. Many of these courses offer research experiences for undergraduates and successful students often present their research at conferences or in public forums. Western students have been involved in research various topics in anthropology, biology, chemistry, geology or physics.
Western’s individualized education allows you to combine your Environmental Science minor studies to diversify a science major to complement different majors, such as Business, Mathematics, Politics & Government, Environment & Sustainability.
What Skills Will I Learn?
You’ll learn outside in the field or the lab based courses that focus on scientific methods. You will gain technical background and skills to communicate with scientists and resource managers. You can learn field or laboratory techniques.
What Can I Do With my Degree?
The Environmental Science minor is a great way to round-out your degree with a stronger or more diverse scientific emphasis. Our science students have been hired at the local, state and national levels by such agencies as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. Students graduating from our science programs also have also been successful working with non-governmental institutions, such as nonprofit environmental groups, Native American tribes and for-profit consulting companies. Students attend graduate programs all over the United States. Many students are highly qualified for a variety of seasonal positions, working for researchers and natural resources management agencies.