Environmental Science Major, B.S.
Bachelor of Science
It’s hard to imagine a conversation that doesn’t involve the environment. Whether it’s the debate about changing weather patterns or the impact of fossil fuels, the Earth and its resources are critical topics in both the halls of government and science.
Environmental Science is a discipline that will prepare you to understand – and help solve – some of the most pressing problems facing Colorado and the world today. From sustainable growth and pollution control to learning about water problems and animal habitat issues, you will learn to analyze environmental challenges and find possible solutions.
With opportunities to explore Colorado’s wilderness and environmentally sensitive areas around the globe, the MSU Denver Environmental Science degree program will require the use of both your head and your hands. Not only will you study in small classes with professors who are experts in soil sciences, agricultural sustainability, environmental chemistry and other areas, you will also gain valuable skills through fieldwork experiences in the Rocky Mountains, Chile, the Colorado Plateau, the Alps, Alaska and Hawaii, and in internships with Colorado legislators, environmental contracting companies and public agencies.
Active and engaged, your Environmental Science program will prepare you for a career and graduate school as well as to make a difference in the health of our planet.
Customize your Environmental Science degree by choosing one of five concentrations:
B.S. in Environmental Science—Multidisciplinary Concentration
B.S. in Environmental Science—Ecological Restoration Concentration
B.S. in Environmental Science—Environmental Chemistry Concentration
B.S. in Environmental Science—Water Management and Hydrologic Science Concentration
B.S. in Environmental Science—Secondary Education for Secondary Science Licensure Concentration
Minor in Environmental Science
Minor in Environmental Studies
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
Research will be an important component of your MSU Denver bachelor degree program in Environmental Science. Here are some recent projects completed by MSU Denver Environmental Science students:
- Design, Construction and Implementation of a Low-Cost Zebrafish Housing System
- Variations Between Urban and Rural Lake Water Quality
- Correlating Metals in Brown Trout Tissue to Metals Measured in the Colorado Mountain Stream Waters They Live In
- Water from Debris Rock Covered Glaciers Based on Amount of Snow Coverage
- Mechanisms of Landslide: Analysis of the Sr-530 Landslide, Oso, WA
- Effects of Atmospheric Deposition on Sulfate, Iron and Nitrate Levels in the Boulder Creek Watershed
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Prepare for graduate study or a career in myriad areas such as the following:
- Air quality specialist
- Climate change analyst
- Director of green building
- 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:
“The MSU Denver Environmental Science faculty provide a top-tier, individualized learning experience for each of their students.” “I now work to create and enhance cutting-edge technology and share it with the community. Much more rewarding than what I was doing before!” “MSU has helped me transform my life. I am working with and helping some of the vulnerable indigenous people of Nepal. The education that I obtained at MSU Denver will be with me forever to enlighten people from around the world.”
Professor/Chair Jason Janke is a specialist in geomorphology and rock glaciers and an expert on Colorado soils, Front Range rock glaciers, glacier flow rates and permafrost. He is also studying CO2 and nutrient production and frozen ground properties in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Assistant Professor Randi Brazeau is a water expert who studies the effectiveness of water decontamination systems. This work has the potential to mitigate people’s exposure to harmful pollutants following disasters such as mine-waste spills.
Associate Professor Andrew Evans is a specialist in alpine tundra geochemistry and soils and is currently conducting long-term research in Rocky Mountain National Park on nitrogen biogeochemical cycles.
“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, MSU Denver ’13
Project Manager at TestAmerica
"After graduate school I hope to travel internationally to work on water quality issues. I’ve got so many options due to the quality of my degree and the experience gained through my internship.”
Emelie Möllersten, MSU Denver ’16
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver Environmental Science graduates have been employed by these agencies and organizations:
- 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
- Colorado state government
- U.S. Geologic Survey
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- U.S. Forest Service
Other Environmental Science graduates have pursued graduate study at the following schools:
- Colorado School of Mines
- Colorado State University
- Montana State University
- Penn State University
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Choose from a wide array of Environmental Science courses including those pertaining to Colorado’s own diverse ecosystems and environments.
Basic Water Sampling and Analysis
Environmental Field Studies
Environmental Policy and Planning
Geologic and Environmental Hazards – Denver
Global Environmental Challenges
Global Environmental Field Problems
Facilities and Resources
MSU Denver is a vibrant urban campus located at the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek on Colorado’s high plains. The campus is walking distance from Colorado’s state capitol and a short drive from the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, offering you first-hand opportunities to study both policy-making and pollution.
You can also get involved on campus and learn about possible careers through MSU Denver’s Environmental Science Organization and Earth and Environmental Science Club.