Environmental Science Degree
Blog: Deep Water Problems
As an environmental science major, Ashley takes a minute to look back at the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico that happened in April 2010, making it the second worst oil spill in history.
Read her Florida Tech blog to learn more about the spill and her life as an environmental
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Florida Tech's ProTrack Co-op program incorporates professional work experience and online course work into its College of Engineering degree programs, allowing participants to graduate in four years with the equivalent of a year of career experience. Plus, this traditional combined degree/co-op programs only take five years!
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Bachelor of Environmental Science
As an interdisciplinary academic field, environmental science includes the study and application of ecology, physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, geography, oceanography and natural resource management. Every scientific discipline you can think of has a direct relationship to environmental science because the environment is all around us. Getting an environmental science degree provides a wealth of career opportunities that have global importance.
Students can specialize in coastal engineering, hydrographic engineering, marine vehicles (naval architecture), marine materials and corrosion, and underwater technology.
Whether you want to solve complex environmental problems, advocate for environmental protection or become the leader of a nature center or school, an environmental science degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in science with hands-on experience in environmental research and problem solving.
Gain Practical Experience
Many first year students working towards an environmental science degree build experience by volunteering in faculty research labs, measuring water or soil quality, reviewing permit applications to determine the environmental impacts of new development projects, or studying the impacts of a contaminant on the environment. Working closely with professors in small classes makes classroom study, combined with research projects, a richer experience.
As an environmental science degree student, you'll refine your practical skills in technical electives and specialized labs, completing a senior research project in a topic of your choosing. As a result, you get practical experience, an enhanced job search portfolio and a stronger sense of yourself as a scholar—the perfect preparation for graduate school and employment.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, environmental science degree majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Sigma Xi (scientific research society), the Marine Technology Society, Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations. Summer field projects and faculty-based research also enhances the Florida Tech experience.
Get Recruited Upon Graduation
Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students for internships and careers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPCOT, IBM, National Science Foundation and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Earn an Advanced Degree
After receiving their environmental science degree, many environmental science majors go to graduate school at universities such as Florida Tech, University of Alaska, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech and Cambridge University (UK).