About Environmental Science

The environmental science program, like the broad field of environmental science, is by its very nature highly interdisciplinary. Although the College of Agriculture administers the program through the Department of Agronomy & Soils, the colleges of engineering and science and mathematics are equal partners in developing the curriculum, guiding student development and providing instruction. Environmental quality issues tend to be complex and expertise in physics, chemistry, biology and geology is often needed to understand and appreciate a specific problem. Moreover, formulating solutions frequently requires mathematical expertise as well as specific knowledge of air, water, and soil environments. Thus, the program is structured to educate environmental scientists broadly, but with considerable depth. The Environmental Science Program is specifically tailored to produce graduates who can enter and have an expectation of success in a field that is continually changing.

Quick Facts About Environmental Science

  • The Auburn University Environmental Science program originated in 1973, and has continued to expand over the years.
  • The objectives of the program include students developing necessary technical knowledge and skills, develop effective communication skills, and prepare students to become responsible citizens.
  • Graduates from this program will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues facing society as a whole and the local and global historical, social, economic, and political context environmental science professionals play in dealing effectively with societal problems.
  • Since environmental science is a mission oriented discipline, students will understand and appreciate the unique responsibilities of environmental science professionals to protect and promote the public interest, health and safety.

Professional Electives

The Auburn University Environmental Science curriculum is organized around a core of courses that are required of all students. Students desiring to specialize or expand their knowledge in a particular subject may also take professional elective courses of their choosing.  A minimum of 22 professional elective hours are needed to graduate but a student may take as many as they wish.  Currently there are 94 designated courses across Auburn University.  During advising week discuss with your adviser to see which electives are best for you.

Environmental Science Careers

Current employment opportunities are quite good. Typical entry-level jobs range from working outdoors taking environmental samples of all kinds to analyzing environmental samples in a laboratory setting, to evaluating waste disposal sites, to writing environmental impact statements, to operating waste treatment facilities to managing hazardous material inventories. The possibilities are almost endless.

Environmental consultant Environmental health technician
Environmental protection assistant Environmental protection specialist
Environmental educator Environmental lawyer
Environmental planner Environmental scientist
Air/Water quality manager Conservation agent
Soil Scientist  

Environmental Science Employers

Regional and national manufacturing companies Consulting engineering firms
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Waste handling and disposal firms Local governments
Research organizations Extension service
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Forest service Fish and wildlife service
Agricultural research service