​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

If you’re interested in solving problems such as pollution and global warming, you’ll want to prepare for a career as an environmental scientist. Environmental studies at CMU focus on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences will give you valuable insights about Earth-related issues at local and global levels. Integrate your education with global responsibility at CMU. Surrounded by the Great Lakes, you’ll make a great difference as an environmental expert in just a few short years.​​

Points of Pride

Located in the center of the Great Lakes Basin, Central Michigan University is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes, with more than 20 faculty in the Institute for Great Lakes Research supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. A $95 million Biosciences Building will provide additional opportunities for undergraduate classes and research.

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. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand.

​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 year19% (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:

Brian Becker
Dow Science Complex 292
Email: becke1b@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-1529

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 Studies Major

Advisors: Becker, Feig, Francek, Heumann Environmental Studies focuses on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. This program is designed to satisfy the needs of students who desire to work in fields that are explicitly related to the environment as well as to provide valuable information to students who simply care about environmental issues. All Environmental Studies majors must: 1. earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in courses applying toward the major. 2. complete a minor chosen in consultation with major advisor.
Total: 52-56 semester hours
Core Courses I
(21 hours)
ANT 370/SOC 370
Global Environmental Issues
3
ECO 301
Environmental Economics
3
ENV 101
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
ENV 310
Environmental Issues Management
3
ENV 400WI
Environmental Studies Capstone
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
PSC 261
State and Local Government
3
Core Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BLR 521
Environmental Law and Policy
3
PSC 516
Environmental Politics and Policy
3
Core Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 240
Conservation of Natural Resources
3
ENV 210QR
Environmental Resource Use
3
GEO 330
Resource Perception and Utilization
3
Required Courses I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
GEL 100
Introduction to Earth Systems
3
GEL 101
Physical Geology
3
GEL 130QR
Earth Processes
3
GEO 105
Physical Geography
3
Required Courses II
(3-4 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 101
General Biology
3
BIO 105QR
Introductory Quantitative Biology
3
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
4
Required Courses III
(4-5 hours)
Select one of the following:
CHM 120
Survey of Chemistry
4
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
4
CHM 161
Principles of Chemistry
5
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3
STA 382QR
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Electives
(12-14 hours)
Select 12-14 hours from the list of Electives below from at least two designators. Six (6) hours must be earned from courses at the 300 level or above.
Note: You may not count BLR 521 or PSC 516 as both an elective and for Core Courses II.
BIO 250WI/ANT 250WI/CHM 250WI
Water as Life, Death, and Power
3
BIO 334/GEO 334
Soil Science
3
BIO 338
Human Ecology
3
BIO 340
Ecology
3
BIO 365
Environmental Contaminants
3
BLR 521
Environmental Law and Policy
3
CHM 342
Survey of Organic Chemistry
4
ENV 197
Special Topics
1-6
ENV 397
Special Topics
1-6
ENV 497
Independent Study
1-3
ENV 597
Special Topics
1-6
GEL 304
Earth Resources
3
GEL 380WI
Hydrogeology
3
GEO 120QR
Environmental Geography
3
GEO 201
Weather and Climate
4
GEO 210
Landforms
3
GEO 303
Geographic Information Systems
3
GEO 308
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
3
GEO 310
Surface Hydrology
3
GEO 315
Food and Agriculture
3
GEO 325
Geography of Growth and Change
3
GEO 335
Biogeography
3
HSC 352
Environmental Health
3
MET 101QR
Our Changing Climate
3
PSC 516
Environmental Politics and Policy
3