Environmental and Earth Sciences Department

Environmental and Earth Sciences Department

Find Your Niche - Discover Your Path

Doane's Environmental and Earth Science department provides students with the knowledge they need to succeed in environmental careers.

If you are interested in making a difference and excited about solving real-world environmental issues with hands-on experience, then the Environmental and Earth Sciences Department at Doane is the place for you! Established in 1974, our curriculum nurtures students' perspectives on environmental issues and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental topics. As environmental problem solvers students examine a range of subjects that arise from the interaction of humans with the environment. Two Bachelor of Science degree majors are offered.

The Environmental Studies major addresses environmental topics by providing a broadly integrated understanding of the social, business, political, governmental, and policy facets of environmental challenges.

Environmental Science provides an understanding of how science affects our environment. The focus is on the interactions between the solid Eath, its air, its water and its living organisms, and on the interdependent, dynamic relationships between these four components.

What is the difference between Environmental Science and Environmental Studies?

As the nation's emphasis on the environment continues to grow, there is an ever-growing demand for environmental jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics students seeking a career in this field can look forward to a far stronger job market than graduates of many other disciplines.

The majors prepare students for careers and graduate study in government, science, law, business, and non-profit organizations.

Agribusiness, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies minors are also available.

Courses include:

Senior Capstone Project

Both majors complete a senior capstone project, selecting from four 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. Service Learning Internship - Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service Learning Clearinghouse). Students work with the College to Career Center and Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty to arrange the internship.
  3. Research Option - Provides the opportunity to work with a Doane faculty member on a research project inside the Lied Science and Mathematics Building.
  4. Student Teaching - Environmental Science majors completing the Science Teaching option apply student teaching as their capstone. Students begin this option during their first semester as freshmen at Doane and satisfy Secondary Education requirements.

University Affiliations

Doane is a University Affiliate of the National Council for Science and the Environment and the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. The university is a member of the EcoLeaders program and has signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Doane Environmental and Earth Sciences Department graduates are sought-after by employers and graduate programs. In part this is because undergraduate research is emphasized in the program and encompasses alternative energy, agriculture, wildlife biology, water and air quality, and earth science. Included in the curriculum is a research opportunity which begins in the junior year with preparation of a research proposal and selection of a mentor. The project is then completed during the following two semesters of the senior year and culminates in presentation at meetings which include Doane MindExpo. Students participate in paid summer research experiences, which support students doing research with faculty.

All environmental science students complete a senior research project and present their results at MindExpo, Doane’s own celebration of students' creative efforts. Students may also participate in paid summer research projects and internships.

Student Research in Action

Making an Impact with Low-flow Showerheads

Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education



National Weather Service Balloon Release

Environmental students in EVS 330 Earth, Climate, and Energy class participate in a balloon release at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Valley, NE. It will transmit weather data as it rises to 100,000 feet, becomes as large as three cars, then bursts and returns to earth. A Doane student releases the balloon!