Environmental & Life Science Majors
The Most Beautiful Lab on Earth
The spectacular Lake Tahoe Basin is our classroom – even lab exercises often require sunscreen, hat, and waders or snowshoes. In field courses, students explore a new environment with an instructor, learning about the ecosystem, collecting data, living and breathing the course content.
Commitment to sustainability – environmental, social, and economic – is embedded in our DNA here at SNU.
As scientists, we promote a deep appreciation of the natural world in all its complexity. Our students build on a strong foundation of courses in the basic sciences and scientific analysis with field courses and original research that take full advantage of our amazing location.
Students do internships with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, just upstairs from the SNU science Department, and with USFS, USGS, state parks, Desert Research Institute, medical practitioners, ranches, mines, CA & NV wildlife organizations, and environmental planning firms.
“The Ecology of Capetown”: South Africa, June 2015
Our Students say it Best
Class of 2019
After exploring some lab science, it became clear to me that I want to explore biological science in the field! My most influential experiences at SNC have all been in the wild, those moments where you look around and realize "there's no where I would rather be than here." Read More
Ashley Vander Meer
Class of 2014
In the fall of 2012, I worked on the restoration of Rosewood Creek for my service learning. The main cause of the restoration is to reduce sediment loading into Lake Tahoe by restoring a 7,200 foot section of Rosewood Creek between Northwood Boulevard and Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village, Nevada.Read More
Class of 2016
I began my experience at SNC with a Yosemite backpacking trip, and immediately felt connected to the world in an entirely different way. For my senior research methods course, I designed a study to research the effects of climate on soil denitrification in wetlands of the Sierra Nevada. Denitrification is an incredibly important ecological process, and it hasn't been studied in Sierra mountain environments!Read More