Students coming to Marietta College to study the natural environment have the advantage of small classes and one-on-one interactions with highly knowledgeable faculty. They also get to learn in a landscape that co -- ust the kinds of circumstances they will have to deal with as professionals.
-- Dr. Eric Fitch, Director of the Environmental Science Program

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Art in Environmental Studies
Minor in Environmental Science
Minor in Environmental Studies

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Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. Eric Fitch

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Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Solving today's environmental problems requires innovative approaches. At Marietta we've developed environmental science programs that draw on the expertise of our faculty in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities to examine these issues from every angle. So whether you want to study the scientific principles behind environmental problems or the social influences that create and solve those problems, you'll find a program that fits your interests and lets you explore career possibilities.

You can choose from two different majors:

The Environmental Science major is a collaborative effort by the entire science division, which gives you access to all of the resources and faculty that Marietta's science programs have to offer. The program also gives you the opportunity to pursue one of four tracks within the major: Waste Management, Biological Resource Management, Energy and Mineral Management, or Water Resource Management.

The Environmental Studies major lets you focus directly on the social issues surrounding environmental concerns. With this major, you're prepared for a career in government, law, non-profit management, and journalism.

Students from both majors participate in a unique, team-based capstone experience where they apply their collective experience to an environmental problem of local significance. Projects are supervised by faculty from across the entire science division, often with input from a broader range of faculty advisors. Often the environmental scientists on the team analyze and study the problem, while the environmental studies majors interact with the local community to frame the issue and possible solutions. They are trained in the art and science of collaboration so that local stakeholders and community leaders can take ownership of the solutions proposed to address the problem.

Required Courses

Courses in the Environmental Science major include:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering and Technology
  • Air and Water Pollution Control and Prevention
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Hydrology
  • Experiential Learning
  • Senior Capstone Course: Environmental Problem-Solving

Courses in other departments that are also used for the major include Scientific Computing and Problem Solving, Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Physics.

Courses in the Environmental Studies major include:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Environmental Impact and Resource Assessment
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Senior Capstone Course: Environmental Problem-Solving

Courses in other departments that are also used for the major include Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, and Public Policy.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science

Biology 102, 105; Chemistry 101; Environmental Science 210; Environmental Studies 310; Geology 101. Choose one course from among Biology 318; Computer Science 210; Environmental Science 305; Environmental Studies 315, 350; Geology 304.

Students entering the minor are expected to have Mathematics 121 or the equivalent.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Studies

Economics 350 (Note: Economics 350 has a prerequisite of Economics 211 or permission of instructor); Environmental Studies 310, 315; Geology 304; Philosophy 321. Students choose three courses from the following list of electives: Environmental Studies 320, 350; Leadership 308, 333.

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Internships and field research projects will give you hands-on experience throughout the program. Your senior year, you'll work with another student on original research related to a local environmental problem and present the results in a formal presentation and report.

Clubs & Organizations

The Environmental Science/Biology Club promotes awareness of these sciences and is open to all students.

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Our majors become environmental attorneys, analysts, and directors of environmental agencies. You'll find Marietta graduates working for Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies across the country:

  • Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company
  • Kemron Environmental Services
  • Baker-Hughes
  • Washington County Health Department
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Capital University Law School

Scholarship Opportunities

The Hal H. Lloyd Science Scholarship is awarded to science majors in the sophomore through senior classes who need financial assistance.