If you want to spend your time wading through swamps studying the impact of encroaching human populations on endangered species, monitoring pollution levels in lakes and rivers, or advising industry on how to clean up the environment, then Environmental Science is right up your alley. With AUM’s Environmental Science major, you can take a job with a government agency such as the United States Geological Survey or the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, or work in the private sector.
Students majoring in Environmental Science must choose one of these concentrations:
Environmental Biology Concentration
In the environmental biology concentration, students can prepare themselves for employment with private industry or government or for application to graduate degree programs in other universities. Potential job titles include: Water Quality Technician, Air Quality Technician, Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Park Ranger, Environmental Planner, Environmental Educator, Outdoor Educator, Environmental Scientist, or Park Interpretive Specialist.
Environmental Chemistry Concentration
Environmental Chemistry is the study of the presence and movement of chemicals in the air, soil, and water. Environmental chemists study how these chemicals, usually contaminants, affect the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. This concentration prepares students for future studies in the field or for positions in state or federal agencies as well as private enterprise. This degree is perfectly aligned with a Chemistry degree and students can easily earn a dual degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry for the same number of hours.
Environmental Geographic Information Systems Concentration
Geographic Information System is a very important skill for many Environmental Scientists. This concentration gives students an extensive skill set in GIS that they can use in the job market or as an entry point into graduate school.
Environmental Health and Toxicology Concentration
The health and toxicology concentration prepares students to look at their environment critically and assess how changes to their environment can affect their health and the health of their environment. This is a great choice for students interested in getting a job or going on to graduate school.
Points of Pride
- Students participate in research with a faculty member and many publish papers and travel to conferences.
- Faculty have grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Education.
- AUM has a relationship with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab that allows students to take marine biology courses at the Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
A degree in Environmental Science prepares you for a variety of public and private sector jobs. Job growth in all the life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be 7 percent from 2014 to 2014, about average for all occupations. The most recent median annual wage for the life, physical and social science occupations was $61,450 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.