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Department News

Ashland Biology Major Spends Summer as a Dolphin Care Intern

Senior Biology major Cortney Kourie had the unique opportunity to spend this past summer in Key Largo, Florida taking care of and training Atlantic bottlenose… Read more

Ashland Biology major interns with physicians in Florida

Junior Biology major Justin Dowell plans to attend medical school after graduation from Ashland University to become a surgeon. He spent this summer in Jupiter,… Read more

Ashland professor and alumni take part in outdoor education workshop

Professor Tawse in the field with workshop participants Project WILD is a national environmental education organization that trains educators and teaches the public about wildlife… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Michael Hudson
Dr. Michael R. Hudson, associate professor of geology, began teaching at Ashland University in 1982. He has a Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio), a Masters...Read more

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  • EVS Lecture Series
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Program Info

Dr. Patricia A. Saunders
Director, EVS Program

Dr. Richard Stoffer
Preserve Manager

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Student Spotlight: Cassie Nix


Senior Cassie Nix is a Toxicology, Environmental Science and Biology triple major with a Chemistry minor.  Yes, she is super enthused about science!   She also is very active in campus life.  In addition to being an excellent student in the classroom and lab, Cassie has been active as the Ashland University Recycling Intern, a paid position that includes coordinating the campus recycling program, writing a monthly newsletter and active participation and leadership on the campus “Go Green” committee.   Cassie also works as a tutor to biology and chemistry students, is an AU Band Tombone Section Leader and she will be TriBeta president for 2013-2014! Read More

Environmental science is truly interdisciplinary.  Projects typically depend on collaboration among scientists and other professionals with different areas of expertise, and require  knowledge of  biology, chemistry and geology.  Environmental science majors at AU train in science fundamentals and national and global context, preparing students to take on new environmental problems. The Gulf oil spill; climate change; water resources management; emerging pests and invasive species; and the changing energy economy are a few examples of environmental issues where science is needed.

AU’s Environmental Science Program Attracts Students Who Excel!

Congratulations to Courtney Kourie (Biology'17)! She has been awarded a $2,500 Ohio Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the Ohio EPA and Ohio Academy of Science. Recipients demonstrate "strong skills and interest in the environment" and explain the value of their research experience. Since 2010, 16 AU seniors have competed successfully for this award, all with majors and minors representing each student's preferred mix of Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Toxicology.

Hands-On Classroom Experience and so much more...

Interdisciplinary preparation makes students competitive for off-campus summer internships, post-graduate jobs, graduate schools and professional schools. Each student has an experienced faculty advisor who assists with developing a program of study, including lots of options for upper-level courses, that will help each student prepare for specific career goals.

What You’ll Love About Environmental Science:

  • Personal attention from professors that would be impossible at a state university.
  • Professors who are committed to excellence in teaching.
  • Environmental Science courses that emphasize current issues and global and international perspectives, plus options for studying abroad.
  • Our new GIS course! (That’s GEOL/EVS 320 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems).
  • Options (as early as your freshman year!) to conduct in-depth research and skill-development with faculty who are experts in their disciplines and highly regarded scientists.
  • The opportunity to work in our five environmental preserves.  These are used by classes and for faculty-student directed research projects.  They are also important for our education and outreach programs.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with guest scientists and professionals informally before attending lectures in our Environmental Lecture Series and departmental seminar series.
  • A new 2,500 square foot greenhouse and expanded research facilities.
  • Working with state-of-the-art equipment in undergraduate labs and as research students.
  • **EVS minors: You can use your experience in science as preparation for interdisciplinary work in journalism, business, creative writing, arts, political science, etc.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
Karie Charlton
Ashland University’s science programs have impressed me because hands-on lab experience began my first semester of my freshman year. And I like that the professors are in the lab with me for one-on-one interaction. I like the willingness of the professors to be hands-on and be available for... more
Karie Charlton, EVS ’11, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Educator
The toxicology program at Ashland has given me an edge when applying to graduate schools- AU is one of ten institutions that offer toxicology as an undergraduate degree. Along with the unique toxicology major, Ashland offers a variety of other classes that I could tailor to my interests. A... more
Cassie Nix, EVS, Biology and Toxicology, '14
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The Biology Department at AU provided me with the experience and tools necessary for me to be successful in graduate school through the individualized instruction and small class sizes, extensive practice preparing oral presentations, writing lab reports, and critiquing current literature. In... more
Erin (Gagan) Allen, Toxicology '06; PhD, University of Iowa
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My experience in the Environmental Science Program at Ashland University truly exemplified the motto of “Accent on the Individual.” I was not just another face in the crowd; my professors knew me by name and took a genuine interest in my education. The program also offered a wide range of... more
Brian Speer, '07; Operations Manager, Burleson Research Technologies
I loved my time in AU's EVS program, both for the outstanding faculty and the wide range of coursework. The diversity of the program has enabled me to explore various aspects of the biology/environmental career field - from lab and field research with Dr. Brauner, to my Master's work in... more
Audra Taylor, '07; MS in Ecology, University of Toledo, Animal Care Technician, Oatland Island Wildlife Center
The passion and dedication demonstrated by Ashland University's Biology Department faculty motivated me to pursue challenging courses and independent research. I have directly applied the laboratory skills gained from my coursework and research in both my graduate program and job. I will... more
Rachel Day, '11; MS in Environmental Science, Miami University of Ohio, Chemical Crew Leader, Midwest Biodiversity Institute
A major component of AU's Environmental Science Program is its interdisciplinary nature. As my research in wildlife and conservation biology has further developed into an expertise in wetland ecology, many of the classes and field experiences I had at AU have paid dividends. To fully... more
Brad Pickens. Environmental Science '00, M.S. Bowling Green State University '06, Ph.D. Louisiana State University '12, North Carolina State University Post-doc Researcher '13