Integrate knowledge and research from across scientific fields
to examine "the economy of nature" from bottom to top.


B.S. in Environmental Science, concentration in Ecology

All Environmental Science majors at Sierra Nevada College build a strong foundation in basic science, including courses in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, physics, statistics, calculus, and graphical information systems. Courses in ecology, animal behavior, ecology of aquatic ecosystems, and microbiology emphasize the interactions among living organisms in their ecosystems. Students study conservation biology, environmental engineering and planning, and natural resource economics, to understand the complexities of environmental problem-solving.

Experiential learning – learning how to think like a scientist by doing real science research in lab and field courses – is emphasized throughout the program, and all students complete an original senior research project.


The fall salmon spawning run at Taylor Creek


Anti-poaching training at a South Africa wildlife reserve


Researching crayfish population size in Lake Tahoe

Graduates are qualified for entry level work as wildlife biologists, field scientists, or in environmental policy, or for graduate programs in environmental science or wildlife biology.

Recent graduates have continued on to PhD programs in Biochemistry, Toxicology, and Ornithology, and Masters programs in GIS, Environmental Policy, Zoology, Environmental Assessment, and Hydrogeology.

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Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.