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The Bachelor of Science in environmental science at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) provides a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment.

Program Options

The environmental science degree program does not require a minor; rather, students choose

from the following concentrations:

• Multidisciplinary

• Environmental chemistry

• Ecological restoration

• Water management and hydrologic science

• Secondary teacher licensure

Other graduation requirements apply.




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences delivers the academic content you expect

from a bachelor’s degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about

MSU Denver’s people and our scientific community. Students here have the advantage of the

following opportunities:

• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus.

• Benefit from small classes and individual interaction with faculty.

• Get a hands-on approach to learning through applied laboratory work.

• Learn from a professional, diverse faculty with real-world experience.

• Intern with various organizations, and jump-start a successful career.

• Gain field experience in places like Chile, the Alps, Alaska and Hawaii.

• Participate in student opportunities for individual and group research.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

As Colorado’s urban land-grant university, Metropolitan State University of Denver works to create lasting community impact. We provide an exceptional education of great value, preparing our 23,000 students to succeed and serve. MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and we enroll the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University offers over 200 degree options, including programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Most of our more than 76,000 alumni remain in Colorado after graduation.

Earning a degree in environmental science from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies or for career titles such as:

• Air quality specialist

• Climate change analyst

• Director of green building

• Ecologist

• Environmental compliance officer

• Field scientist or technician

• GIS analyst

• Natural resource manager

• Park ranger

• Regulatory specialist

• Renewable energy researcher

• Secondary education teacher

• Soil scientist

• Water quality or resource specialist

Hear from our students:

“I went to MSU Denver to pursue a degree so that I could become an environmental scientist. The faculty in the EAS department helped me achieve my ‘dream’ position!”

—Jessica Deherrera (BS in environmental science 2013)

Alumni at Work

A few organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s environmental science program include:

• Bureau of Land Management

• Various city and state parks

• Denver Health • Denver Water

• Environmental Protection Agency

• National Park Service

• National Renewable Energy Lab

• Private environmental consulting firms

• State government

• U.S. Geologic Survey

• U.S. Fish and Wildlife

• U.S. Forest Service

Other graduates have gone on to study in post-baccalaureate programs in schools such as:

• Colorado School of Mines

• Colorado State University

• Montana State University

• Penn State University

• Scripps Institution of Oceanography

• University of Arizona

• University of California

• University of Colorado Boulder

• University of Colorado Denver

• University of Denver

• University of Florida

• University of Idaho

• University of New Mexico

• University of Northern Colorado

Sample Classes

• Basic Water Sampling and Analysis

• Environmental Field Studies

• Environmental Health

• Environmental Policy and Planning

• Geologic and Environmental Hazards

• Global Environmental Challenges

• Global Environmental Field Problems

• Landscape Ecology

Program Accreditation

The environmental science degree program at MSU Denver is part of the University’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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