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Environmental Science Program

The environmental science major is an extended major (no minor required) designed as an entry-level major for MSU Denver students as well as for transfer students.  Students may choose from five concentrations.  The multidisciplinary concentration provides students with a broad-based environmental science background, whereas the concentrations in ecological restoration, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, and water quality are more specialized.  The environmental science option for secondary science teacher licensure is also available for students who wish to pursue a teaching career.  All concentrations, except for the environmental science for teacher licensure, require a unified core. EAS also offers two related minors.


You can review major, minor and concentration requirements by clicking on the links below or by visiting the EAS Degree Check Sheets section of the EAS website. 


For additional information, advise or to confirm your catalog year, please consult with an EAS Academic Advisor.

The mission of the Environmental Science program is to provide a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment.  Students will be expected to take a variety of courses in numerous departments.  The objective of the environmental science courses is to integrate multidisciplinary course materials.  Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems in Colorado, particularly in mountain and urban environments, and address topics such as sustainable community growth, pollution control, prevention, and reduction, water supply and quality assessment, waste management, site remediation, and environmental geologic hazards.  Students will be prepared for careers in environmental and resource management, environmental risk assessment, environmental modeling, environmental monitoring and sampling, environmental policy and planning, site assessment and remediation, water quality analysis and treatment, habitat planning, or environmental geology.

  1. To provide students with the foundation to understand how our natural, global environment operates;
  2. To prepare and train students to monitor and sample environmental conditions using modern technology and traditional techniques; 
  3. To develop a competency in oral communication and scientific writing;
  4. To build life-long learning skills and scholarly inquiry so that students can critically assess and evaluate environmental problems and become leaders in their discipline; and
  5. To prepare students for employment or a graduate degree so that they can shape our future.
  1. Students will be able to identify and explain environmental processes and human - environment interactions.
  2. Students will be able to apply interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to environmental problems.
  3. Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems at a local and global scale.
  4. Students will be able to acquire the ability to monitor and sample environmental conditions.
  5. Students will be able to design effective oral presentations and scientific papers.
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