B.S. in Environmental Science, concentration in Ecology
All Environmental Science majors at Sierra Nevada University 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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See the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS > page for specific major course requirements.