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Environmental Sciences

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Help us save the planet with our Environmental science program

Why environmental science? Because “planet saver” isn’t a major. From human health to the global economy. Answer questions like "where do chemicals released in the environment go?" and "what impact they have?" When sustainability is your priority, learn more about the impact your leaving on the environment and what it is that you can do to become a game changer, a difference maker.

Environmental Science is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Cassidy Lizakowski


Cassidy Lizakowski

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    Average Salary: $52,700
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    Interactive learning in the lab and the field
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    Rising career opportunities
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    Gateway to many graduate programs

Major in the making of you

"Why I Love Environmental Sciences"

Tashi Gurung, International Student from Nepal

Emphasis Areas:

  • Science
  • Studies

Career Options:

Environmental protection specialist, Water quality manager, Environmental research associate, Environmental laboratory and field technician, Project biologist/environmental specialist, Environmental project manager, Geologist/Environmental scientist, Environmental educator, Ecotoxicologist, Aquatic scientist, Storm water specialist, Forest carbon specialist, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Specialist and more!


Environmental Sciences


  • Environmental Science is a science-focused combining many areas of the sciences, from chemistry to biology.

  • Students go out into the field and perform studies in rivers and fields, as well as working in the campus labs. 

  • Undergraduate research opportunities that allow students the opportunity to perform research projects - from studies of greenhouse gases to water quality.

  • UMC students also have the opportunity to utilize facilities and work with scientists at Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC).


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Brenda Chaplinski

  • Katy Chapman

    Associate Professor
  • Brian Dingmann

    Associate Professor
  • Joseph Shostell PhD

  • Matt Simmons

    Associate Professor

Student Stories

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    Karen Choi
    Karen Choi was presented with an award for her contributions to international education at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She was one of only four students in the University of Minnesota system to receive the Josef Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization.