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B.S. in Environmental Science


The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is a unique, multidisciplinary degree program. Students in this program will take a variety of courses, which will enable them to gain an integrated understanding of biological, geological, and human factors that affect environmental quality. This approach will provide students with the option to explore their environmental interests. Students will also have the opportunity to complete internships and independent research through the program's collaborative partnerships with government agencies, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. This degree has four concentrations for students to choose from:

Designed With You in Mind

Our multidisciplinary approach to Environmental Science will enable you to address both environmental and human concerns associated with the increasing frequency of droughts, diminishing availability of critical resources, along with other increasing concerns regarding air and water pollution. Through coursework and internships, you will learn how to assess different aspects of the field, such as:

  • Environmental conditions
  • Providing environmental remediation
  • Ensuring effective natural resource management
  • Educating community members & policy makers
  • Public health
  • Advocating for new environmental laws & policies

You will also learn how to use critical assessment tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, that will analyze interactions among environmental impacts. 


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Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Environmental Science program will have several job opportunities open to them, such as:

  • Environmental Scientists and Consultants
  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Wetland Scientists
  • Land-use and Land Restoration Specialists
  • Environmental Legal Assistants
  • Environmental Educators
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Real Experience

Environmental Science students can gain hands-on experience through the following venues:

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Career Services

Career Services offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Handshake
  • Resume assistance
  • Business etiquette dinner
  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Career counseling

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Give students an enlightened understanding of land and water resources, human impacts on the environment, along with environmental policies
  • Engage students in practical, hands-on analyses of environmental conditions and impacts
  • Give students the needed practice in developing environmental assessments and programs

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
COMM 3305 Environmental Communication
CHEM 4477 Environmental Chemistry
ECON 3304 Environmental Economics
ENVS 2451 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVS 4086 Environmental Problems
WSES 3302 Soils, Land Use and The Environment
WSES 3323 Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources
WSES 4090 Special Topics in the Natural Resource Sciences

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Future Site of Tarleton Permaculture Research and Demonstration Site

Permaculture Research & Demonstration Site

The Tarleton Permaculture Research and Demonstration Site was established at the Texas AgriLife Research Station during the 2015-2016 academic year. This site is used to study the resilience of diverse agricultural practice as well as demonstrate ecological processes within various agricultural systems.

Students at Timberlake Ranch

Timberlake Ranch

Located on the banks of the Colorado River south of Goldthwaite in Mills County, Timberlake Ranch and Biological Field Station provide an outdoor classroom for Tarleton students. Straddling the intersection between the Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau regions of Central Texas, this ranch supports a unique variety of biological species and a diversity of ecosystems.

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The Center for Environmental Studies

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) coordinates the interdisciplinary involvement of Tarleton State University faculty with Environmental Science students to enhance their learning experience by: 

  • Advising Environmental Science students
  • Facilitating environmental research and education partnerships
  • Hosting environmental forums and seminars
  • Providing a clearinghouse for environmental information