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Environmental Science

The sparrow is a common little bird that in some places is considered a pest.  One country tried eliminating this “pest.”  Between 1958 and 1961, sparrows were eradicated from Chinese farms.  The result?  Swarms of locusts descended on and devoured the crops. The sparrows had been eating the locusts. 

Ecological disruptions like this one demonstrate the interconnectedness of each living thing to another.  Our program gives you a deep knowledge of this interconnectedness and prepares you for a rewarding career that makes full use of your passion for the environment.

Build a firm foundation.

You’ll get a solid grounding in biological and earth sciences, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.  Building from there, you’ll take advanced courses in:

  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

  • Bioremediation

  • Risk assessment

  • Wetlands ecology

  • Hazardous materials management

  • Landscape ecology

  • Hydrology

  • Groundwater geology

  • Advanced environmental geology

Strengthening the program even more is a strong cooperative relationship with the environmental engineering program.  That means you also get the applied science perspective in your courses — an invaluable asset that expands your knowledge base and gives you a cross-disciplinary edge in the real world.

Get the hands-on fieldwork that impresses employers.

The program places a strong emphasis on field research.  Our location in Connecticut is a prime one for environmental science students, giving them a wide diversity of fascinating eco-systems to explore.  Out of the classroom, you’ll get fresh-air, first-hand experience in:

  • Our 5-acre salt marsh property along Long Island Sound

  • Inland wetlands, lakes, and streams

  • Forest systems

  • The White Mountains of New Hampshire

  • The Gerace Research Center on San Salvador island in the Bahamas

Another advantage to studying environmental science at UNH:  Members of the faculty are recognized experts in the field, attracting external funding for their research programs.  This presents you with a golden opportunity — the chance to take part in that research.

There’s no question that all of this hands-on experience punches up your resume and gives you an edge over less-practiced job applicants.

Turn your passion into a career. 

The U.S. has an abundance of organizations that seek out environmental science majors.  You’ll want to consider:

  • Industry and government agencies

  • Consulting firms

  • Conservation and advocacy groups

  • Law firms

  • Insurance companies

  • Educational institutions

To name names, UNH graduates have landed positions at:

  • United Technologies

  • U.S. Geological Survey

  • Connecticut DEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

  • Connecticut DOT (Department of Transportation)

  • Nature Conservancy

  • National Audubon Society

as well as dozens of consulting firms.  Their job titles include:  technical expert, fieldworker, administrator, manager, and analyst.  What will yours be? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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