Environmental Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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The 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.

Environmental Science VS Environmental Studies

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

Available Minors:

Agriculture and Natural Resources

 Environmental Studies

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. Facilities include the Lied Science and Mathematics Building.
  4. Student Teaching - Environmental Science majors completing the Science Teaching emphasis apply student teaching as their capstone. Students begin this emphasis during their first semester as freshmen 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.

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.


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Comprehensive Curriculum 

Environmental Science provides an undertanding 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.

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Understand Your Impact

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.

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A Promising Career 

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.

Program Information

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
2018 Median Pay: $46,170 per year
Job Outlook: +9% from 2018-2028
Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination. Environmental science and protection technicians work in offices, laboratories, and the field.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists
2018 Median Pay: $71,130 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2018-2028
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. Environmental scientists and specialists work in offices and laboratories. Some may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand.

Conservation Scientists
2018 Median Pay: $61,340 per year
Job Outlook: +3% from 2018-2028
Conservation scientists manage the overall land quality of parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Conservation scientists work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations.

Our $10.2 million Lied Science and Mathematics Building provides an exceptional environment for study, research and interaction:

  • Five chemistry labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment
  • Hands-on access to high-tech instruments
  • Extensive group work
  • Individualized experiments challenge students to think on their own and provide the opportunity to learn from others at the same time

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For students interested in field work there are locations close to campus, including the Audubon Spring Creek Prairie, wetlands, lakes and woodlands.  

Outdoor research opportunities also exist on the Doane campus. The campus is included in the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and has been certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation

The signature curriculum of the Environmental Science major includes expected courses such as Environmental Science and Ecology. It also includes courses such as American Environmental Literature, Environmental History, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Economics, and Environmental Education and Agriculture. A two week marine science interterm to the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in Key West, Florida will begin in January 2012 and be offered alternate years.

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Requirements for the Environmental Science Major:

Environmental Science majors must select a biology, chemistry, computational thinking, political science and policy, agriculture and natural resources, or science teaching emphasis.


(Students interested in employment or further study in air quality should take MTH 235.) CMS 210 and ENG 101 are strongly recommended.RES 495 and RES 496 for two credits each may be substituted for BIO/CHM/EVS 495 and BIO/CHM/EVS 496.

Complete A, B, C, D, E or F:

A. Biology Emphasis

Complete a minimum of seven credits from the following groups:

(at least one three or four credit course must be from each group)

B. Computational Thinking Emphasis

C. Chemistry Emphasis


CMS 210 and ENG 101 are strongly recommended.  If GEO 107 is selected, GEO 107L is strongly recommended.

F. Agribusiness Emphasis

Complete one course chosen from

Requirements for Science Teaching Emphasis

Environmental Science majors completing this emphasis are qualified to teach earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics in grades 7-12.

Select a or b:

Select a or b:

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Wildlife and Conservation Organization

Wildlife and Conservation Organization (W.A.C.O.) is involved in activities including habitat conservation, outdoor events, and climate change initiatives. We encourage a better understanding of wildlife, conservation, and environmental issue affecting society and the world today.

Project SERVE & Noyce Scholars

Interested in having K-12 students get excited about science? Doane has received the largest National Science Foundation grant in school history with a goal of recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in urban and rural schools in Nebraska, where they are needed the most. Ten Doane undergraduate STEM students will receive $14,000 in their junior year and $24,000 in their senior year and become apart of a group of students who will participate in seminars, have a mentor from a urban or rural school and attend STEM education conferences all with a goal of preparing you to teach in a high need urban or rural school. Learn More

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.  

The Doane Environmental Science Department develop a model for a state-wide web-based stream monitoring and teaching system.  

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

3-2 Programs

The 3-2 Program offers Doane Students a path to a Master's Degree at a significant savings. Highly qualified students wishing to complete a bachelor's and a master's degree can do so in five years rather than the traditional six to eight years while enjoying the benefits of beginning their education at a small university.

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Studying at Doane has been one of the best experiences—I've been able to conduct research, present at conferences, and have my work published.

Helena Valquier-Flynn ’18


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Doane has been awesome about helping me with my schedule so I can focus my energy on all of my interests.

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