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Environmental Science

Impact the Environment…with the Environmental Science Major


Environmental and Earth Sciences Department

Department Major

·      Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with emphasis areas in Biology, Chemistry,  Computational ThinkingScience Teaching, or a new emphasis area - Political Science and Policy.

·      Courses such as environmental science, marine science, environmental policy, agriculture, environmental economics, environmental history, geographic information systems, alternative energy and climate change.

·      Virtually all Environmental Science graduates have gained employment in an environmental field or graduate school admission.

·      Combines courses of study with practical education in preparation for environmental careers in government, corporations, and the non-profit sector. 

·      Interdisciplinary and prepares students to understand and apply the principles of natural systems and their connections to society.

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.  

The Environmental Studies minor complements numerous majors including political science, business, economics, history, sociology, communications, biology and pre-law.

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

Making an Impact with Low-flow Showerheads - Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education


Additional sites in the Environmental and Earth Science Department