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Specializations

The following specializations and courses listed below are intended to be illustrative. Specializations may be tailored to your interests and career goals; courses not on the list may also be considered. Remember to gain your advisor's counsel and approval before taking courses in your chosen specialization.

Students interested in specializing in this area may take courses leading to a Biology minor or may complete a suite of upper-level coursework related to biology or ecology. Please refer to the list of recommended courses for more information.

Energy resources and air quality issues are two more areas in which students may specialize. Recommended courses in this specialization area include the environmental impacts of mining, minerals and resources, and energy economics.

A concurrent B.S. degree program combines the Environmental Science Option in Agricultural and Extension Education with the ERM major and can provide teaching certification (Grades K-12) in environmental education and general science. The Agricultural and Extension Education requirements are in the Baccalaureate Degree Program Bulletin. Concurrent degrees with teaching certification can be earned with approximately one additional year of course work.

Pollutants can effect human and animal health in devastating ways. in this specialization area, students will take course work in molecular and cellular toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, environmental health and safety and more. Please see the full list of recommended courses for more information.

Student interested in public policy, sustainable development, and human and social services should consider this specialization area. Examples of career titles include environmental policy analyst, political lobbyist, environmental legislation and regulatory agent.

A specialization in soil resources would prepare students to work in the areas of soil science. Jobs exist in areas such as soil remediation, soil mapping, performing environmental and hydrological assessments, evaluating site suitability for agriculture, forestry or development, and interpreting soil surveys and data for land use decisions. Students may also choose to minor in Environmental Soil Science or choose the Soils option of the ERM major.

A specialization in waste management would consist of courses related to waste disposal, its impacts on ecosystems, and site remediation. Nutrient management in soils, transformation of pollutants, and the treatment of hazardous wastes are also areas of interest. Please see the full list of recommended courses for more information.

Students interested in wetlands and watershed management, laboratory analysis of water quality, regulation and compliance of water pollution sources, public health water issues, wetlands restoration, academic research, groundwater monitoring, water resource planning, and water and wastewater treatment should consider this specialization area. A minor in Watershed and Water Resources is also available.