Frequently Asked Questions
What are the job opportunities for someone with a degree in Environmental Science?
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in
the environmental sector will continue to grow faster than average in the next ten years. A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Bellarmine provides students with multiple avenues for employment including, but not limited to: environmental
health, environmental risk assessment, environmental geology, environmental technology, environmental monitoring, conservation biology, paleontology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, environmental science research, landscape architecture, environmental
engineering, agriculture and food scientists, and water engineers and scientists.
What are the requirements to complete a degree in Environmental Studies? What kind of courses would I take?
Students electing the Environmental Science major take a set of general education courses that prepare them for courses in
the discipline, such as Planet Earth, Principles of Biology, American Government, and Introduction to Academic Writing. The core courses in the discipline include our introductory course for majors; a life-science, physical-science, and environmental-policy
core, and a set of upper-level requirements that serve to advance and integrate understanding while further developing technical skills. Career preparation is further strengthened with an internship, a field-based course, and a research experience.
Can I earn a minor in Environmental Science?
Yes, we offer a minor that pairs well with many majors. The six courses for the minor include two introductory courses, a field course, and three upper-level courses. See the course catalog
for more detail.
Can I do a double-major or a different minor with a major in Environmental Science?
Yes, the Environmental Science degree has sufficient electives for students to take a double-major or a minor. Common double majors with Environmental
Science include Economics, Sociology, and Political Science. Minors or tracks that pair well with Environmental Studies include pre-law, anthropology, peace studies, communications, international relations, and criminal justice studies.
What types of extra-curricular activities are available for a student with an interest in the environment?
Students interested in the environment will want to consider being part of the Terra Learning Community in their first year at Bellarmine. Related student organizations include the Sustainability and Environmental Club,
Food Recovery Network,
Vegan and Vegetarian Outreach, Biology Club, Chemistry Club,
Bass Fishing Team, and the Student Government Association’s Environmental Committee