Environmental Science

Living on earth

STEM-related job opportunities for students with integrated science backgrounds are increasing. The United States Department of Labor reports that environmental science is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. Heightened public interest in natural and anthropogenically induced hazards facing humans and the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

ENVS 2000 Applied Sustainable Design
The sustainable homestead design course introduces topics including zone planning, sustainable construction, solar power, energy efficiency, water supply, waste and wastewater management, and agriculture/permaculture.
BIOL 3230 Field Arachnology
This field course involves travel to the southwestern U.S. to study the morphology, ecology and medical importance of arachnids (spiders, scorpions and kin). Emphasis is placed on the collection, identification and behavior of species.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Environmental Science, B.A.
Environmental Science, B.S.

One of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.

The United States Department of Labor reports that environmental science is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S.

The World Economy Is Shifting Toward a New Environmental Awareness

Key to a Sustainable Future

Expertise in environmental sciences will be needed to navigate the ongoing changes, to be competitive and achieve a sustainable future.

Our distinctive strengths

Students in the department of environmental sciences are given the opportunity to participate in significant scientific research. Various sponsored projects in geology, environmental geology and geophysics have given students the unique experience of hands-on contribution to real, often publishable, research during their undergraduate years. Field trips to diverse geological terrains help emphasize the hands-on approach.
  • High-quality undergraduate research opportunities
  • Field-based geoscience experiences
  • Numerous Internship opportunities

Gain hands-on experience

All environmental science majors are required to complete a Senior Research Project (SRP). Work on the project typically begins during the student’s junior year and ends with successful presentation of the work, in both written and oral formats. The SRP is a significant component of the departmental comprehensive exam.


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

All Millsaps students can take advantage of our study-abroad classes. Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study-abroad programs in the country! Environmental science students have the opportunity to take Field Geology II: Scotland (GEOL 4500). Check out all the opportunities.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Ecological Asset Management LLC

Postgraduate Study

  • University of South Dakota
  • Clemson University

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Environmental scientist
  • Local, state and national regulatory and planning agencies
  • Environmental remediation industry
  • Conservation scientist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Water quality scientist
  • Climatologist

Related Areas of Study

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Biology
  • Pre-Engineering

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