Environmental Science


Environmental science students integrate biology, chemistry, geology, geography, and mathematics, with the studies of policy, economics, and ethics for an interdisciplinary understanding of the earth and challenges to sustainability. If you have a passion for nature and a desire to preserve it, then dive deep into the natural sciences and ethics of sustainability by majoring in environmental science.

In this program, you will...

  • take courses in environmental laws, policies and ethics
  • participate in a two credit-hour practicum in your field
  • utilize Taylor's 145-acre arboretum for "classroom outdoors"

Required field-oriented courses provide hands-on learning experiences. Options include:

Field Natural History of the Black Hills: a four-week summer course where students travel to the Black Hills region of South Dakota and are introduced to field and lab methods used in field natural history. Students closely examine the geology, paleontology, ecosystems, community, and wildlife of the region.

Water Resources and Appropriate Technology: a four-credit course where students participate in a service-learning project designing and implementing technologies to better resource and conserve water, using the concepts and practices they learn in class. It helps students to develop a perspective on the role of appropriate technology in the responsibility of individuals in cross-cultural service and preservation.

Every student chooses one of the following concentrations:

Geology: courses on soil science, earth materials, geomorphology, hydrology, water resources, and sustainability planning.

Biology: courses on taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, immunology, food systems, and agricultural development.

Every environmental science major completes a practicum in their field of study.

Environmental science major curriculum guide.

Environmental science minor curriculum guide.