Environmental Science Major
Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
Commit to solving challenges like pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity. This major fits perfectly with Briar Cliff's Franciscan heritage, which emphasizes a respect for and stewardship of our natural world.
BROADEN YOUR SKILLS: Although this major emphasizes either chemistry or biology, you'll also familiarize yourself with socially relevant disciplines such as economics, political science, geography and philosophy.
EXPLORE THE PRAIRIE: The nation′s largest urban tallgrass prairie sits literally in Briar Cliff's own backyard. What better place to study environmental science than a 150-acre classroom?
SEE THE WORLD: Embark on an annual, week-long trip to South Dakota’s Black Hills, or join department learning trips that have included the West Texas desert, Southern California chaparral, the Kansas prairies, Ozark forests, Hawaiian islands and the Costa Rican jungle.
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Land an internship with one of the area's many professional environmental organizations, including the Iowa Nature Conservancy, Ponca State Park, Stone State Park and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DEGREE?
Our graduates work as park rangers, conservationsists, ecologists, resource managers, lab technicians, teachers — even wildfire fighters! An environmental science degree is also a great stepping stone for graduate school in veterinary medicine or other biology related fields.
Additional Program Requirements
— Environmental science students are expected to complete an environmental internship, field station course or participate in a field experience such as ESCI 280.
— Six one-credit IS courses are also required.
— No more than one D or D+ in any ESCI or BIOL course will count toward the major. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.