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In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Environmental Science majors prepare for careers and graduate school by completing a rigorous course load.
Requirements for a major in Environmental Science.
Requirements for a minor in Environmental Science.
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of Marietta graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
is the national average for mid-career salary for Environmental Science graduates
of our Environmental Science students will complete a Senior Capstone project
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What will you learn from studying Environmental Science?

In addition to traditional classes, you will work in local waterways, at our field station and through internships. You will be remarkably well prepared to enter the environmental science field or continue your education at the graduate level. Marietta alumni are conservation specialists, industry advisors, wildlife managers, EPA staff members, environmental lawyers, researchers and teachers across the nation.

Scientists in Training

Marietta students find ways to use their growing knowledge of environmental issues to create solutions. Majors often join the Students for Environmental Activism organization or work with the Sustainability Committee to organize and participate in campus conversation and sustainability projects.

Strong Education

Learn from talented Environmental Science professors as well as from professors in Chemistry, Geology, Petroleum Engineering, Philosophy, Economics, and other fields of study. At Marietta, you will become a broadly and deeply educated scientist with a focus on applied problem solving for environmental sustainability.

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Environmental Science majors with sustained high academic achievement are eligible for acceptance to Kappa Alpha Omicron, the national honor society for environmental science students and a branch of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association. Marietta College is the Delta chapter of the national society and is the home college of the organization’s third elected president.

Outcomes — Graduate Programs
  • American University — Law School
  • Brown University — Institute for Environment and Society
  • Cleveland State University — School of Planning
  • College of Charleston — M.S. in Marine Biology
  • Indiana University — School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Miami University — Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Pace University — Law School
  • Stanford University — M.S. in Environmental Engineering
Outcomes — Professions
  • Alpha EMC
  • Baker Hughes
  • Chevron-Phillips Chemical Co.
  • Halliburton Energy Services
  • Kemron Environmental Services
  • NOAA/NOAA Corps.
  • Summit County Health Department
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Washington County Health Department
  • West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
  • Wood County Health Department
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What is the difference between an Environmental Science major and an Environmental Studies major?

Both of these majors are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in composition and have a focus on applied problem-solving regarding the natural environment. Environmental Science focuses on the use of science to solve problems in the natural environment, usually caused by human activity. Environmental Studies focuses on problem solving in the Human/Environment Interface and achieving sustainable solutions through the use of science, social science, and policy.

Will I be required to complete an internship to graduate?

No. However, many of our students have completed successful internships. Our faculty have industry connections — many of them Marietta College graduates — and help students find meaningful internships.

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What resources are available if I am struggling in a class?

This is a great question. Almost every student struggles with a class at some point during their college career. First, we encourage you to speak with your professor during the posted office hours. Marietta College also has a number of academic success centers available to every student.

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