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Environmental Science Program Overview

Climate change. Water resources management. Emerging pests and invasive species. The changing energy economy. When you think of these challenges, it’s easy to understand why Environmental Science is one of the most in-demand scientific fields of study.

Environmental science is truly interdisciplinary, with a majority of real-world projects requiring collaboration among scientists and other professionals with different expertise. That’s why Ashland University offers double majors in:

  • Environmental Science and Biology
  • Environmental Science and Chemistry
  • Environmental Science and Toxicology

You’ll train in science fundamentals, as well as how science can inform discussions of national and global environmental issues.

Students collecting water samples at Blackfork Wetlands
Delivery Format

In Person

Credit Hours


Time to Complete

4 years


Learning Experiences

  • Emphasis on the development of strong writing and research skills.
  • Professors are committed to educating and mentoring students. They teach all classes and labs personally and serve as advisors throughout a student’s time at Ashland University.
  • Opportunities to participate in research as early as your freshman year and to present findings at regional and national professional conferences.
  • Access to five environmental preserves, a 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The Environmental Lecture Series introduces students to experts from other universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations and creates opportunities for students to network with professionals.

Learn more about our faculty's research that involves students who learn to use lab and field equipment, do group work, present project ideas and go in-depth into active science.

Students with Professor Stoffer, examining animals found in stream at Canfield Preserve

Sample Curriculum

This double major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Environmental Science or in Biology, Chemistry or Toxicology with an emphasis in Environmental Science.

For additional information about the Environmental Science curriculum, review the Academic Catalog, course rotations and four-year curriculum guides:


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Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural and physical sciences. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

AU Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Ohio EPA Scholarship

These merit based, nonrenewable scholarships will be given to undergraduate students enrolled at an Ohio public or private college/university who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering. Students must be entering their Junior or Senior year. Awardees will be selected by the Academy appointed panel.

Graduate Outcomes

An environmental science degree prepares you for employment or graduate study in a diverse range of fields. Ashland University graduates work for state and federal government agencies, universities and nature centers, environmental service labs and other businesses that need science skills and in-depth understanding of environmental issues.

Students and Dr. Saunders examine bucket of specimens found in Canfield Preserve stream

Career Opportunities

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow five percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 7,800 openings for environmental scientists and specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. The median pay for environmental scientists and specialists was $76,530 in 2021. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Students examine net after going through stream at Canfield Preserve

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