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Environmental Science

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School of Arts and Sciences

Knowledge That Matters

The Environmental and Earth Sciences Department at Doane College nurtures students' perspectives on environmental topics and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental issues at the global, regional and local levels. The program will increase your competence in addressing these issues and their origins, consequences and solutions. The program is interdisciplinary and designed to prepare you for careers or advanced study in a variety of areas.

At Doane, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with emphasis areas in biology, political science and policy, chemistry, computational thinking, or science teaching.

Courses include:

  • environmental science
  • environmental geology
  • agriculture
  • environmental policy and economics
  • environmental history
  • geographic information systems
  • alternative energy and climate change
  • marine science

You can also combine courses of study with practical education in preparation for environmental careers in government, corporations and the non-profit sector. 

You may also be interested in our Environmental Studies minor, which complements numerous majors including political science, business, economics, history, sociology, communications, biology and pre-law.

Senior Capstone Project

All Environmental Science majors complete a senior capstone project, selecting from three options:

1.  Practice-Based Learning (PBL) - Provides internship and research opportunities to gain experience, a professional contact, and a potential future employer.  Students work with the College to Career Center and Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty to arrange the internship.

2. Research Option - Provides the opportunity to work with a Doane faculty member on a research project.  Facilities include the Lied Science and Mathematics Building and Aldrich Prairie Research Site.

3.  Student Teaching - Those completing the Science Teaching Emphasis apply student teaching as their capstone.  Students begin this emphasis during the first semester at Doane and satisfy Secondary Education requirements.

Students present their results at MindExpo, Doane’s own celebration of students' creative efforts. They may also participate in paid summer research projects.  

Internship Opportunities

Doane students participate in internships, summer employment, and shadowing gaining hands-on work experience.  Internships can be taken for college credit through the new College to Career Center. Environmental Science students have completed these experiences at organizations such as:

  • Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
  • National Park Service-Homestead National Monument
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • SWT Energy Inc.
  • Upper Big Blue River Natural Resources District


Environmental 3-2 Program

Doane participates in the Cooperative College Program coordinated by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University (Durham, N.C.). This program includes a 3-2 arrangement with Duke; students enter the School of the Environment after completing three years at Doane. After two more years at Duke, a student qualifies for a baccalaureate degree from Doane and a master's degree from the School of the Environment.

Following multidisciplinary professional programs at Duke University, students often find careers as natural resource managers and environmental problem-solvers.

Visit the Environmental & Earth Science Department Website for more information.

University Affiliations

Doane is a University Affiliate of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and a member of the Campus Ecology program.

View Online Catalog Here! On Earth Day Doane, along with nearly 700 other colleges and universities, joined the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.