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Do you like using science to make the world a better place? Consider UWF's environmental science program, which combines natural science and resource management in a multidisciplinary approach. Help safeguard our natural world while preparing for a career in an expanding profession.

Why Study Environmental Science at UWF?

We offer small classes, one-on-one interaction with faculty and hands-on experiences. Our program provides a broad knowledge base and many electives. You will learn the methods and techniques used by environmental professionals, including aerial photography, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, field sampling and laboratory analyses.

We will prepare you for a fulfilling career that can include everything from crunching numbers, to gathering soil, sediment and water samples in the field, to interviewing community residents, to meeting with lawmakers to influence policy.

What You Will Learn

Environmental Science students learn to analyze physical and socioeconomic environments and to reach decisions concerning environmental use and protection. By combining an understanding of various basic sciences, you will be able to study the environment from an integrated perspective.

Students work with faculty on research and regularly co-author articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Students often take part in summer research and receive financial support for travel to research locations and conferences.

We offer two specialized tracks — environmental management and natural science — designed to prepare you for a career or graduate school. Classes cover topics including physical geology/earth science, weather and climate, geography of soils, introduction to GIS, coastal morphology, environmental law, urban planning, and environmental policy.

Off-campus experiences can range from a California field course in environmental geology to a Peru field course in environmental management. You will put theory into practice with an internship, research project or a collaboration with a community partner for your senior capstone. Co-ops and internships are available with a number of agencies and groups, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Escambia County and the West Florida Regional Planning Council.

A minor in environmental science offers a cross-section of the departmental offerings. Our department also offers minors in environmental sustainability and geographic information science.

Specializations

Focus on the political, economic, cultural, legislative and ethical aspects of environmental issues and prepare for a career in environmental management and decision-making.

Environmental Management Courses

Receive further training in natural and applied sciences and prepare for graduate school or a career that entails extensive fieldwork and/or laboratory work.

Natural Science Courses

Careers & Outcomes

There is a growing need for experts in the field of environmental science. Below are common job titles for environmental science graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work. An increasing number of alumni continue their education at the master's level.

Job Titles


  • Conservation Officer
  • Wetlands Specialist
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Planner
  • Resource Manager
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Coordinator
  • Coastal Zone Specialist

Employers


  • National Park Service
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Escambia County Natural Resources Management Department
  • Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
  • Tierra Inc.
  • Terracon

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Environmental Science program.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs

Environmental Management ABM

The Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program allows high-performing UWF students the opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace and at a lower cost than pursuing the degrees separately.

Natural Science ABM

The ABM program in environmental science combines the B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science degrees and consists of a multi-disciplinary approach that blends natural science and resource management. The accelerated program will provide you with increased career opportunities, the opportunity to complete both degrees faster, and save on tuition expenses.

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