Majoring in environmental science is not just about classwork, however. We are a small, close-knit program and know our students well. During the warmer months we often have barbecues, the famous McCookouts, behind our building (McCook Hall).
Every summer we try to go on a field trip to some exciting place to learn about different landscapes, new environments and have fun while doing it. In the past, we’ve been to the southwestern United States, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Washington State, or even the Galapagos Islands and Iceland. Yes, we learn a lot on these trips (new rocks, new plants, new birds, new ways to cook pancakes on a camp stove – the possibilities are endless), but these trips are also a lot of fun and a great way to get to know each other.
Environmental Science majors have the unique opportunity to combine their love for the outdoors and natural world with a rigorous study of the natural and social sciences. After graduation our majors go on to careers in many different fields: some work as environmental consultants while others go on to graduate- , medical- or law-school. Some of our majors work for state or federal governments (or government agencies), or various foundations. The possibilities are almost endless.