Environmental Systems students explore Tahoe Meadows during class
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.

Two Ecology students examine the environmental systems of wetlands at Taylor Creek

The fall salmon spawning run at Taylor Creek

Sierra Nevada College students take part in Anti-Poaching training while in South Africa for their Conservation Biology course

Anti-poaching training at a South Africa wildlife reserve

Sierra Nevada College ecology courses examine the population size of crayfish in Lake Tahoe

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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Sierra Nevada College's Science program offers majors in
Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, and Natural Resource Management