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In the ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE program, students learn how the physical and biological processes that shape the natural world interact. They also look at how humans affect the natural environment and explore solutions to environmental problems. Environmental science requires a creative and imaginative approach, one that includes an interdisciplinary knowledge base of physics, chemistry, and biology.

Career Opportunities for Environmental Science majors:

  • Conservation Scientists work to maximize the efficient use of natural resources.
  • Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.
  • Forestry workers measure and improve the quality of forests; develop, maintain, and protect forests.
  • Educate the public on and work to protect natural habitats of wildlife.  

Recent graduates of the Environmental Science program:

  • LaNika Richardson (Class of 2005) worked for Hospira as a lab supervisor in North Carolina and now works for North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Student Success Center advising freshman science majors.
  • Noah Parsons (Football, Class of 2007) works for Hospira (a global pharmaceutical/medical equipment company) as a quality control manager in North Carolina.


Environmental Science Faculty Contact:

Erica Kosal, Ph.D.
Environmental Science Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Biology
North Carolina State University
(252) 985-5156