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Environmental scientists use their interdisciplinary knowledge to investigate environmental systems and explore their relationship to our everyday lives. While studying environmental science at CMU you will learn to sample, analyze, model, interpret and predict earth system properties and address environmental problems. At CMU you will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and make a difference in the world around you.

Points of Pride

  • CMU's location in the heart of the Great Lakes provides the perfect setting to study the environment, with state-of-the art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.
  • Fieldwork is a key part of the program’s courses, with multiple field trips to CMU-owned Veit's Woods and Neithercut Woodland to assess properties such as soil and water chemistry, streamflow, and erosion.
  • Students in the program have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art software, field instruments and laboratory equipment that are used in industry, government and academic settings.

Put Your Degree to Work

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Program graduates are qualified for employment as environmental technicians, consultants, chemists and regulators. Graduates also may continue on to pursue graduate degrees in the fields of environmental and earth sciences, policy, and law.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Environmental scientist$63,570 per year15% (13,200 more jobs)
Environmental science technician$41,240 per year​19% (6,200 more jobs)
Environmental engineer$80,890 per year15% (8,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Science and Engineering website​ or contact:

Dr. Wendy Robertson
Brooks Hall 323
Email: rober2w@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-7517

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Environmental Science Major

Students pursuing an Environmental Science major are encouraged to meet with an advisor during the first semester of attendance at CMU. A minor is recommended but not required.
Total: 63-68 semester hours
Core Courses
(18 hours)
ENS 101QR
Of Earth and Us: Introduction to Environmental Science
3
ENS 223
Biogeochemical Cycling in the Environment
4
ENS 307
Environmental Field Sampling and Laboratory Analytics
4
ENS 401
Quantitative Environmental Data Analysis
3
ENS 503
Environmental Modeling
4
Required Courses I
(32 hours)
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
CHM 132
General Chemistry II
4
GEL 308
Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes
3
GEL 380WI
Hydrogeology
3
MET 301
Climatology & Climate Change
3
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
MTH 133
Calculus II
4
PHY 145QR
University Physics I
4
STA 382QR
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ECO 301
Environmental Economics
3
PSC 516
Environmental Politics and Policy
3
Additional Requirements I
(9-12 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR1A-ENS
Option A - Quantitative Skills
(10 hours)
OR1B-ENS
Option B - Geographic Information Systems
(9 hours)
OR1C-ENS
Option C - Environmental Chemistry
(10 hours)
OR1D-ENS
Option D - Ecosystems
(12 hours)
OR1E-ENS
Option E - Geosciences
(9 hours)
Additional Requirements II
(1-3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ENS 491
Internship in Environmental Science
1-3
ENS 597
Independent Study in Environmental Science
1-3