Environmental Science

Department of Physics & Earth Space Science

Environmental Science

While earth-space science primarily focuses on the solar system and natural earth formations such as rocks, volcanoes and mountains, environmental science explores how air quality, water quality, plants, organisms and their relationships to one another affect the environment and impact the health of our planet over time. UIndy’s environmental science major gets you involved in a variety of environmental research projects, giving you the tools to identify possible risks to human health and the environment we live in. Students can also choose an environmental science minor.

Program strengths

This major challenges you to fully grasp concepts of how the natural world operates. This kind of fully developed learning is only possible with:

  • Small class sizes that foster individual research and growth
  • Expert professors aimed to fulfill student potential through research
  • Other science majors involved in courses to offer new perspectives
  • A vast Indiana paleontology collection open to student study


The environmental science program takes a dual approach to your education: theory and applied learning. You’ll learn theory related to such topics as sustainability, climates change, hydrogeology, soil morphology and much more. Through applied learning, you will investigate the practical applications of these theories. You can expect to:

  • Research how soil and watersheds form
  • Map geological formations on local expeditions
  • Work with ongoing archeological projects
  • Collect, identify and organize Indiana paleontological specimens

Potential careers in environmental science

Upon graduation, you will have gained fundamental knowledge about how the physical world operates, giving you the necessary tools to build careers in areas such as:

  • Environmental research
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental engineering
  • Ecology
  • Air and water quality
  • Meteorology
  • Toxicology
  • Forestry

Environmental science might be for you if:

  • You are a nature lover who is interested in working outdoors
  • You have a strong interest in the physical and life sciences
  • You enjoy math and working with computers
  • You wish to use your communication skills in a science-related field

University of Indianapolis General Education curriculum guide

Environmental Science Major curriculum guideEnvironmental Science Minor curriculum guide

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