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Environmental Science Degree


  • Capstone class going out on the Appalachicola River to collect geochemical data

  • Undergraduate student monitoring sea turtle nests in the Panhandle

  • Capstone class on Landis green after completing an isomap

Advisor: Tim McGann (CAR111)
Email: tmcgann@fsu.edu
Phone: (850) 644-8580
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Overview

Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of processes that shape our environment. Drawing principally from the areas of oceanography, geology, and meteorology, the Environmental Science program at FSU will prepare you in the broader area of geosciences (earth science) and is an attractive option for students seeking a broader interdisciplinary major.

The Environmental science program at the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric science at FSU offers both a BS and BA degrees. The goals of these programs are to prepare exceptionally well-qualified graduates to work in the interdisciplinary earth sciences, whether in government agencies, NGOs, or the private sector. They also provide a strong basis for graduate study in environmental and interdisciplinary earth sciences (also offered at FSU-EOAS). The BA degree differs from the BS degree in the lower-level mathematics requirements and a greater emphasis on policy.

Even in the short duration of this degree our alumni have been hired within the State of Florida e.g. FWC, and out of state governmental agencies such as DOE.

Environmental Science Minor Requirements:

Environmental Science
A minimum of fifteen semester hours of Environmental Science courses approved for major credit as follows: two of the following: MET 1010 (or MET 2700), GLY 2010C or OCE 4008 and any three courses from the Environmental Science Elective.

Environmental Science & Policy
A minimum of fifteen semester hours which must include two of the following: MET 1010 (or MET 2700), GLY 2010C or OCE 4008, AND any two courses from the Environmental Science and Policy electives and one class from the Required Policy Courses.

Environmental Science Career Advice:

It’s important to consider what kind of career you would like to pursue with your Environmental Science degree. Ask yourself if you want to go to graduate school, work for a government agency, or work for a non-governmental organization and what type of work you want to do.
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Alumni Highlight

Katie is a 6th generation Floridian from Winter Haven Florida, where she grew up fishing and paddling on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and Peace River. She received an undergraduate degree from The Florida State University in Environmental Science in 2014. She was already working for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as a Technician doing fish and archery camp for kids. She finished FWC fish camp in the summer of 2014 and got a position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the Office of Environmental Education. She worked there for 9 months then moved to the Nonpoint Source Management Section where she coordinated the Federal Clean Water Act and State Total Maximum Daily Load Grant Programs. While in this section she worked on and received a Master’s of Science in Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation from UF in May 2017.

She has been with DEP for 3.5 years and is now an Environmental Consultant in the Basin Management Action Plan Program where she is helping manage the Indian River Lagoon and Western Everglades watersheds. She will be starting another Master’s Program in Public Administration and Planning in the Spring of 2018 at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was also recently selected to the Natural Resource Leadership Institute (NRLI) as a Class XVII Fellow. NRLI is an eight month professional development program focused on natural resource conflicts in the state of Florida. She loves living in Tallahassee and enjoys the certified Florida Master Naturalist Program adventures and is an active member of the Leon County Canopy Roads Committee and the Junior League of Tallahassee.