Environmental Science Concentration

Many of the most pressing global issues involve the environment.

From sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation to public health and environmental policy, the Frostburg State University Environmental Science concentration prepares future scientists to address complex ecological systems and issues.

  • Study the effects of climate change, population growth, public policies, environmental contamination and land and water use.
  • Learn to mitigate harm, solve problems and plan for a healthier future.
  • Collect and analyze data to develop mitigation and remediation plans to advise government officials and the general public on environmental risks and solutions.

You Have Options

The environmental science concentration at FSU provides two options for meeting your individual needs and interests. You can choose to concentrate in environmental science through two different bachelor of science programs--Biology or Earth Sciences (offered through the Department of Geography).

  • BS in Biology with Environmental Science Concentration

    The Environmental Science concentration in Biology features fundamental study in Biology, Zoology, Botany and other natural resource-based fields, but also allows you to choose electives in economics, political science and the humanities. If you are interested in the stewardship of natural resources with an emphasis on economic and political influences, choose the Biology pathway.

    • This concentration allows you to choose electives in economics, political science and the humanities.
    • You should not choose this concentration if you are in pre-health professions or planning to attend a traditional biology graduate program.

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  • BS in Earth Sciences with Environmental Science Concentration

    The Environmental Science concentration in Earth Sciences emphasizes an understanding of geology, climate and surface processes. If you are interested in how Earth was formed, how it evolved and how we can best manage its resources, choose the Earth Science pathway.

    • Careers with an Earth Science background focus on understanding the interactions of the solid earth, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere.
    • Course work in this concentration will provide the theoretical and practical background as well as the skills necessary to study environmental science from a wide range of perspectives.
    • You must meet certain criteria and deadlines before enrolling in either GEOG 488 or GEOG 492.

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Environmental Science Highlights

  • Gain real-world experience with the technology used in the field.

    • Use career-ready technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) hardware and software, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers, a laser diffraction particle size analyzer, and a closed chamber piston corer.

  • Build your skills and your resume with vital field experience during your Capstone course.
    • Engage in field-based research with scientists at FSU, the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory or other off-campus locations.
    • Present your research at the FSU Undergraduate Research Symposium or other venues, as well as build your skill portfolio to join the workforce after graduation.


Career Outlook for Environmental Scientists

Environmental Science is an in-demand field with a projected growth in employment of 8% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is due to the increasing public interest in climate and environment. Businesses are expected to continue to consult with environmental scientists and specialists to help them minimize the impact their operations have on the environment.

Environmental Scientists are employed by:

  • State and federal agencies
  • Environmental consulting and engineering firms
  • Mining and petroleum exploration companies
  • Law firms specializing in environmental law
  • Museums, nature conservancies, and publishers and producers of science media

For more information, visit Bureau of Labor Statistics - Environmental Scientists and Specialists.

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