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B.S. Earth Sciences: Environmental Science Emphasis

The University of Northern Colorado is ideally located for studying environmental science. With some of the most complex water diversions in the world, a growing population, and some of the most iconic mountains and rivers of the United States, there is always a lot of environmental work to do!

Our comprehensive Environmental Earth Science degree prepares students with a strong physical science foundation including coursework in earth and atmospheric science, chemistry, physics and mathematics. You will build skills in hydrologic sciences, earth surface processes, data collection and data analysis, and scientific writing. Built-in flexibility allows students to seek additional expertise in any branch of environmental coursework across campus, including geography and sustainability studies, economics, or biological sciences.

Career Opportunities

Our majors may go on to work in:

  • Water resource management
  • Land management
  • Environmental monitoring and remediation
  • Restoration
  • + more

Recent graduates from our program work in environmental consulting, municipal and state environmental compliance, land management, and environmental education, or have continued on to graduate programs in environmental science. 

Learn more about Environmental Science careers

Program Snapshot

Credits required: 

  • Total: 120 
  • Specified LAC: 31

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Four Year Plan (Recommended Course Sequence)


Timothy Grover



Get Involved

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has many opportunities for students to excel while at UNC including:

  • Extensive Laboratory and field experience
  • Undergraduate research projects
  • Active student clubs
  • Internship placement programs
  • Field opportunities the front range and beyond

Student Spotlight

Katie Fletcher works at Denver Water working on the Sustainability Team where she manages internal sustainability efforts including waste reduction, water and energy use, greenhouse gas inventory and employee outreach and education.

I’m so grateful for the foundation that my degree and experiences at UNC gave me to immediately jump into the environmental field.

Katie Fletcher, Class of 2018