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Environmental Science Degrees

  • 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: Rochelle Arrington (EOA 3008A) – Lower-Class Students
Phone: (850)-644-8582

Advisor: Austin Hardy(EOAS 3011) – Upper-Class Students
Phone: (850) 644-8580

Degree Requirements:
ES | Policy | Teach
Academic Map:
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Graduation Check:
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Career Information:
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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.
We offer degrees in:

  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (BS)
  • FSU Teach Environmental Science (BS)
  • FSU Teach Geosciences (BS)

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.
ES Degree Career Advice


Alumni Highlights

“ I am a Legislative Correspondent for United States Senator John Barrasso. He currently represents the state of Wyoming in the U.S Senate and serves as the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. I work on energy, environmental, and agricultural policies—researching potential bills and corresponding with constituents. My time in Florida State’s Environmental Science Program has provided me with the knowledge, passion, and boldness to pursue a career in environmental stewardship, and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.” – Adam Rhoads


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.

Dora DeMaria was born and raised in the Florida Keys, having graduated from Key West High School. She then attended the Florida State University (FSU) and completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a focus on Oceanography. She has completed several environmental internships including with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the FSU Marine Turtle Research programs. Her other experience includes participating in the FSU Women in Math, Science, and Engineering program, wildlife rehabilitation with the St. Francis Wildlife Association, educational work with Netflix original movie Chasing Coral, and teaching local swim lessons for over 10 years. Dora began interning for Reef Relief in 2017 as the Stormwater Education Intern and Education Intern. From her experiences she realized how much she enjoyed educating others, especially children, about marine life, and conservation. She took on a full-time position as Education Coordinator at Reef Relief, then Education Manager, and is now the Education Director for Reef Relief. Since working for Reef Relief, she has helped teach over 16,000 students in classroom settings and successfully launched a virtual platform that has reached over 200,000 people around the world.

Reef Relief is a non-profit founded in the Florida Keys back in 1987, throughout time they have been instrumental in the implementation of mooring buoys, policy work, water quality advocacy, marine debris removal, and outreach. Currently, the primary responsibilities at Reef Relief include creating and expanding marine science education curriculum, removing debris from the local shorelines, storm drain stenciling, summer/spring camp programs, and straw and responsible sunscreen campaigns. Reef Relief is a small staff of four with a handful of interns per semester and collaborate with hundreds of volunteers and other groups to help us with our mission to improve and protect our coral reef ecosystem!