Environmental & Resource Science is an interdisciplinary field where we look at the interactions between organisms and their natural environment. In this program, you will gain hands-on experience in biology, chemistry, and geology in our state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory facilities, or directly in the field. You will examine local environmental issues such as water management during a drought, or collect invertebrates, soil and water samples in the field. In each class, you’ll be looking into some of the most exciting and important environmental issues facing our world.
In this program, you'll have:
- Unique learning opportunities. Our courses integrate technology so you practice using instruments you will encounter in the workplace. For instance, you might measure stream flow, turbidity and water quality in the Las Vegas Wash, a water source for Lake Mead. You also may do geologic mapping along the Colorado River.
- Real-world impact. The Environmental & Resource Science major was designed with help from local experts and business leaders, with special emphasis on the environmental issues facing communities in southern Nevada. You’ll study the impact of urban sprawl, contributors to poor water quality, and the potential for renewable energy.
- Career preparation. This program will provide a strong foundation for you to work with government agencies, private companies or graduate school. Our alumni work with the Great Basin Institute and Lake Mead National Recreation area. In the private sector, our graduates have been hired by renewable energy companies, environmental consulting firms, and wildlife conservation organizations. Several alumni have gone on to UNLV and DRI graduate programs, as well as, Washington University. To learn more about potential occupations click here.
Graduates of our Environmental Science program often find careers working for government agencies and private companies tasked with monitoring the environment. Take a look at the US Department of Labor Statistics for current job opportunities.
- This program will give also provide a strong foundation for graduate study if you wish to pursue an advanced degree. Several alumni have gone on to UNLV and DRI graduate programs, as well as Washington University
Examples of classes you’ll take:
- BIOL 441 - Field Ecology
- NRES 322 - Principles of Hydrology
- ENV 480 - Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
- BIOL 305 - Conservation Biology