Environmental Science Degree (BS, BA, Minor)

Environmental science focuses on the study of ecosystems. As part of the study of biology, environmental science delves into how ecosystems are structured and how they support the life of organisms, including plants and animals, that live in them. It's a rich and rewarding area of study for anyone interested in building an understanding of how life exists and thrives, and can lead to a range of careers focused on the study and preservation of natural environments.

Lincoln University offers Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Environmental Science, and a minor in Environmental Issues. In this degree program, you'll dig into a range of biology, chemistry, and mathematics topics, including ecology, zoology, calculus, and statistics. You'll build a foundation of knowledge of key environmental science topics, and get experience observing and understanding the working of various ecosystems.

The Environmental Science program is part of the Biology Department. Reach out to the department if you have specific questions, or learn more about the program, courses, and requirements in the current academic year University Catalog. You may also view program outcomes below.

Graduation from this program will prepare you for further study at the graduate level. Or if you're itching to get your hands dirty, your degree will ready you a wide range of careers focused on studying and solving environmental problems, including as an ecologist, researcher, zoologist, or even potentially in the world of business or public policy.

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Program Outcomes

When you major in environmental science at Lincoln, you will develop the following skills and practices:

  • You will be able to apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
  • You will learn to effectively communicate scientific concepts through written, spoken, and visual means.
  • You will synthesize information and apply knowledge to develop solutions for environmental issues.
  • You will make connections between organism needs and environmental resources.
  • You will be able to explain global physical processes and how these processes lead to changes that cause evolutionary adaptation in populations.
  • You will connect nutrient cycling and energy flow from the individual organism level to the ecosystem level.
  • You will be able to describe ecosystem structure and correlate structure with function for all levels of the ecosystem.

Courses and Requirements

Please see the current academic year University Catalog for more information on program requirements and detailed course descriptions.