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Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Environmental Science is offered under ESWSP. Three degree options are available:


  • The Environmental Science option prepares a student for strong background in environmental, related sciences, and for regulatory governmental positions that require interdisciplinary training. Students take several courses in chemistry and instrumental analysis related to pollution abatement. The program prepare student for further graduate study.


  • The Soil Science option gives the student a strong foundation in the physical, chemical, and biological principles of soil and water sciences. Training in Soil Science prepares the student for positions in research, extension, in various state/federal government agencies, industry, and business, or the pursuit of graduate work in soils or related areas. Soil scientists can qualify for openings in land reclamation, soil conservation, soil surveying and engineering, land management, fertilizer and chemical industries, and with inspection and regulatory agencies.


  • The concentration in Environmental Health Science is one of only 27 accredited undergraduate environmental health programs in the country and only one in the state of Alabama by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).  The concentration prepare students for the job career in air pollution specialist, epidemiologist, emergency response specialist, food safety specialist, industrial hygienist, and many more environmental health related careers.


In addition to the degree options above, ESWSP offers a minor in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This minor prepares students for current modern trends in geospatial technology, computerized mapping, digital image processing and spatial analysis. It incorporates dynamic changes in current advances in spatial sciences and technology and provides students in-depth training in the use of GIS and remote sensing technology and application of geospatial data processing methods to environmental problem solving. The students that complete the requirement enhance significantly their employment opportunities especially in environmental consultation agencies, mapping technology industry and surveying. The minor pertains to any natural resource fields such as geology, biology as well as social studies and business. Additional information on the degree options and minor are provided under the ESWSP curricula descriptions.


To become a student in the Environmental, Soil and Water Sciences Program, see information regarding Prospective Students.