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What will I learn?

Learning Outcomes

Environmental Sciences Program students will:

  • synthesize scientific knowledge and methods across disciplines,
  • comprehend and evaluate primary findings in published scientific articles,
  • gain experience conducting independent research and/or reviewing scientific areas of interest, and
  • effectively communicate scientific findings in written and/or oral form.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in environmental sciences requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including a minimum of 63 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core; some courses required for the major in environmental sciences may be used to satisfy GE CLAS Core requirements.

Students complete requirements in four areas: the science and mathematics foundation, the environmental sciences foundation, environmental sciences field study, and environmental sciences track courses.

The science and mathematics foundation develops fundamental skills and comprehension in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and statistics. The environmental sciences foundation includes an introductory course in environmental science and additional courses that focus on the geomorphic and environmental processes that shape the Earth’s surface, the ecological factors that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms, and a choice of one course that deals with remote sensing techniques or with the use of geographic information technologies. The environmental sciences field study gives students hands-on experience with methods of analysis and interpretation of natural systems/organisms.

Each of the program's four tracks focuses on areas of specialization within environmental sciences:

  • biosciences (green) track—biological systems and ecological approaches;
  • chemical sciences (yellow) track—environmental systems and chemistry;
  • geosciences (brown) track—earth materials and surficial geologic processes; and
  • hydrosciences (blue) track—hydrogeology and hydrogeologic systems, and water chemistry.

Students select one course from each of the four tracks in order to develop breadth of understanding and skill in these areas.

Graduates are prepared for careers in conservation, environmental assessment, hazardous waste management, park inspection and compliance, or pollution control and monitoring.

The undergraduate degree program also prepares students for graduate study in disciplines such as biology, chemistry, ecosystem sciences, environmental engineering, environmental law, environmental science, environmental sustainability, geoscience, hydrologic sciences, natural resource management, remote sensing and landscape modeling, renewable energy, and urban and regional planning.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,458.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

240 Schaeffer Hall,

University of Iowa,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the Completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); A corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate. English Language Requirements: Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no subscore lower than 17; Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no subscore lower than 17; Paper-based test (PBT): 530; International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no subscore lower than 6.0A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

For international students

Students must meet the following requirements for admission: completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); a corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate; completion of minimum high school course requirements of the following: 4 years of English/language arts; 2 years in a single language of world languages; 3 years including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics of natural science; 3 years of social studies; 2 years of algebra; and 1 year of geometry.

English Language Requirements:

  • An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no sub score lower than 6.0
  • Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no sub score lower than 17
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no sub score lower than 17
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 530
  • An ACT English sub score of 21
  • An SAT Reading score of 29
  • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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