Welcome Environmental Sciences

general environmental sciences

This week the College of Natural Resources is welcoming Environmental Sciences students, faculty and staff into the college. Once housed in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) as an interdisciplinary degree, the academic program will now join the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, as of July 1.

The Environmental Sciences program provides an overall understanding of the interrelated nature of environmental issues, including basic earth system processes, human impact on the environment and how social sciences connect to environmental policy.

As future debates and decisions in areas such as mitigating and adapting to climate change, advancing sustainability, producing a new energy future, preventing extinctions and invading species, ensuring environmental health, and predicting outcomes of environmental policies continue, Environmental Sciences students learn to become engaged citizens ready to face a common environmental future.

Focal Areas

This interdisciplinary major requires students to either pick a focal area or complete a focused minor related to the environment. Possible focal areas, include

  • Renewable Energy
  • Bio-fuels
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Energy Conservation
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Environmental Engineering and Design
  • Environmental Communications
  • Agroecology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Crop Science
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Forest Management
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Technology and Society
  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife Sciences

Sample Classes

  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Calculus for Life and Management Sciences
  • Molecular Science Chemistry
  • Earth System Science
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Soil Science
  • US Environmental Law and Politics
  • Analysis of Environmental Issues

Hands-on Experiences

An external learning experience is a requirement of the degree. Students have 3 credit hours dedicated to the external learning experience to be fulfilled through an internship, undergraduate research, undergraduate thesis, or a professional development project. (Check out ES major Stacy Partin’s internship experience dissecting dolphins with CMAST.)

Environmental Sciences students are also encouraged to join other like-minded students through community involvement, which fosters student leadership and engagement. Interdisciplinary student groups focused on environmental studies include:

  • Wolfpack Environmental Student Association – This student led environmental club promotes sustainability on campus and is open to all years and majors.
  • Environmental Science Student Ambassadors – Meet future Environmental Sciences students and their families at university events like Open House, Wolfpack Welcome Week and Experience NC State. Promote student engagement and share your ES experiences.
  • EcoVillage – Live on campus in a community focused on environmental, social and economic sustainability.