B.S. Degree in Environmental Science

The UW-Stout Environmental Science program is designed to prepare graduates to meet rapidly shifting global career demands and opportunities focused on environmental preservation, restoration, and sustainable management. Aquatic Biology (including fisheries science and marine biology), Environmental Health, Land Resources, and Plant Science Innovations concentrations allow students to specialize in fields of expertise within the industry while still providing a strong foundation experience to cover the breadth needed to be successful within Environmental Science throughout their careers. 

A state-of-the-art $43 million science facility fosters creativity and skill development. The curriculum, research experiences, service opportunities, and internships that our students participate in provide them with a vast array of skills in various environmental fields. Technical report writing, data analysis, interpersonal communication, and experimental design are stressed across the curriculum. 

Students admitted to the program are eligible for the NSF-STEM Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 (depending on FAFSA identified need) for one year to incoming Environmental Science freshmen and transfer students.

Employment Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19% increase in demand for environmental scientists over the next 10 years and suggest that heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Environmental Scientist as the top job in science in terms of growth (21,000 new jobs by 2016).

The coursework, research experiences, service opportunities and internships that our students participate in provide them with a vast array of skills in various environmental fields. Graduates of the Environmental Science program have both practical skills in the field and lab, and real-life experience with solving environmental problems in independent and collaborative settings. Graduates have the opportunity to work at:

  • Governmental agencies 
  • Non-profit organizations 
  • Environmental consulting firms 
  • Water quality testing labs 
  • Ag industry
  • Biofuel industry

Graduates also pursue careers as GIS analysts, biological or water resource technicians, or pursue advanced degrees. 

Many students combine this major with minors in Geographic Information Systems, Plant Science, or Sustainable Design and the Environment.

Completing the Program

The Environmental Science program prepares you for a wide array of career choices. The program offers interdisciplinary courses to provide you with a background in many areas. Your coursework in the first year will be a combination of introductory courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and general education. You’ll also take a one-credit Environmental Science Profession course to better identify possible career tracks. General education courses include English composition, ethics, and speech courses. Ecology, botany, zoology, geology, and geographic information systems (GIS) round-out your second year’s courses.

Program concentrations allow you to develop a deep skill set in an area of your choice including: Aquatic Biology (including fisheries science and marine biology), Environmental Health, Land Resources and Plant Science Innovations. 

Student-Centered Approach

The faculty in the Environmental Science program is dedicated to providing you with the hands-on experience you'll need to develop skills for the workforce. Teaching at UW-Stout is applied and student-centered, so you can pursue a wide variety of environmental activities, such as:

  • Student organizations, 
  • Individual/group projects with faculty members, 
  • Class projects that work with the community for real on-the-ground change.

In addition to working with instructors from a wide range of disciplines, you’ll gain significant hands-on experience through a field internship or cooperative education opportunities. You’ll develop the qualities that employers are looking for in today’s college graduates – interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills, and good judgment.

A capstone course will integrate previous coursework into a transformative experience that prepares you for a professional career. Foreign language and foreign study programs are also highly encouraged to enhance your professional development.

Admission Requirements  

Students must meet the UW-Stout admissions requirements. Nontraditional or transfer student admission will be based on current admission standards with guidance from the program director.

Prepare for UW-Stout

To succeed in this program, you should have an aptitude for science and an understanding of human relations. As a high school student, you should complete four years of math and one year each of biology, chemistry and physics. College preparatory English, basic computer, communication, and business courses will also be helpful in your preparation for college.

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NSF S-STEM Scholarships

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Are you interested in pursuing an education in the applied sciences? The UW-Stout STEM STARS Scholarship program will provide a scholarship of up to $5,000 for qualified incoming and current Environmental Science and Applied Science students.

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