Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Delta State University is the only state university in Mississippi that offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary and integrated science. It embraces biological, chemical, and physical aspects of the environment and their effect on organisms. It also encompasses political, social, and geographical components. Students interested in saving wetlands, preserving a forest, improving water, soil, and air quality, protecting local wildlife, and climate change should consider environmental science.
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Why Choose Environmental Science at DSU?
Our Environmental Science program is designed to help students learn about local, national, and global issues from a scientific perspective. Students learn laboratory, field, analytical, problem solving, and other skills throughout their coursework.
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- Employment opportunities
- Funded student-faculty research opportunities
- Research presentation opportunities
Concentrations in Environmental Science
General Environmental Science
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that utilizes ecology, geology, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and meteorology to study the environment. Classes encompass soil, water, and air quality, taxonomy, conservation, ecology, evolution, environmental policy, and more. Students in this concentration also take two upper division social science classes, environmental microbiology, Physical Geology for Life Sciences, and a one-semester organic chemistry course. Recent graduates work for various federal and state government agencies and private industries, including Mississippi Department of Energy Quality, USDA-ARS, US Geological Survey, Center of Toxicology and Environmental Health, and more.
The Wildlife Management concentration provides students with a comprehensive education in maintaining delicate balances between animal and plant populations with other environmental factors. Students will gain in-depth, hands-on, and critical-thinking skills that will prepare them for potential employment in conservation and wildlife management agencies or for entrance into graduate programs. Regular classes, field trips, capstone seminar, undergraduate research projects, and internships range from analyzing coyote scat, to assessing the impact of climate changes on biodiversity, to conducting surveys on Bengal tigers. Upon completion of this concentration, students will quality for Wildlife Certification through The Wildlife Society in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree.
The integration and automation of geography through the use of geospatial technologies provides students with a place-based perspective on environmental science. The geospatial technologies concentration facilitates student learning in this regard through coursework which emphasizes geographic thought, analytic techniques, and tool use. The addition of these approaches better prepares graduates for environmental strategic planning and communication, analyzing data, and finding solutions to environmental threats and hazards.
The Agribusiness concentration blends courses associated with Environmental Science and General Business. Students will have the option of taking more courses in business or Environmental Science when going through the program, three GIS classes, and 9 science courses including General Biology, Foundations in Environmental Science, Environmental Regulations, General Ecology, Soil Science, and Biology, etc. Students will be able to choose to have an adviser in business or Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding in Environmental Science.
Delta State also offers a more business-focused agri-business concentration, through the B.B.A. in General Business program.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in
By earning a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, graduates will know how to conduct field surveys, analyze data, write reports, and work effectively with others. They learn skills that make them successful in the workforce. Students can learn how to use assorted lab and field equipment including a scanning electron microscope. Students can also successfully be admitted into graduate degree programs to further enhance their skills and knowledge about a particular science discipline that relates to Environmental Science: entomology, agriculture, marine biology, toxicology, and more. Some jobs in Environmental Science include:
- Environmental scientist
- Environmental manager
- Environmental compliance specialist
- Wildlife biologist
Environmental Science Scholarships
Delta State’s Environmental Science program is more affordable than many of its contemporaries offering similar opportunities. At DSU, we’re going to automatically consider you for scholarships. Delta State offers a scholarship for Environmental Science majors that is based on academic performance and is awarded in the spring semester to a sophomore, junior, or senior. Many Environmental Science students, also have received the Johnny Outz scholarship, which is also based on academic performance. Students may also be eligible for non-program specific scholarship opportunities.
Students in the Bachelor’s program in Environment Science will gain the skills to be able to evaluate complex scientific problems that are currently impacting the earth as well as analyze complex interactions that occur inside and between environmental systems.
Applicants of this program must meet Delta State University’s admission requirements.
It is recommended that a prospective student meet with a Science faculty member prior to admission. Transfer students from community colleges should have completed 1 year of major’s Biology, 1 year of Chemistry, College Algebra, Trigonometry, and General Electives in order to graduate in two years.
For more information on curriculm, consult the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your general education requirements and the major requirements below. You must also earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major field overall and successfully complete the Senior Capstone project.
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Tuition at DSU covers the cost of classes. Courses that contain a lab have lab fees which covers materials, lab equipment and supplies, handouts, and vans for transporting students to a field site.