Environmental Science majors conduct studies on the animals found in the local environment

About The Program

The world needs environmental scientists now more than ever. Through this immersive program, you will develop the problem-solving skills needed to excel in the field by designing experiments, interpreting the results from studies, experiencing hands-on fieldwork, and more. Working in collaboration with a diverse faculty of scientists and scholars, you will gain great professional insight that will help prepare you for a career in environmental science.

Why LVC?

  • LVC’s Environmental Sciences Program is diverse; your education will cover biology, chemistry, geosystems, geographical information systems (GIS), mathematics, and physics.
  • You will gain hands-on experience through our Environmental Sciences Program. Our majors do not just sit through lectures.
  • Our dynamic environmental sciences coursework involves meaningful field research. Students can walk to a 20-acre eastern deciduous forest, riparian wetland, campus pond, and numerous other rich environmental areas.
  • Environmental science majors will study and learn in the state-of-the-art Neidig-Garber Science Center, which houses research-level instrumentation and facilities.
  • Our environmental science majors have access to the resources necessary to conduct real-world environmental research.
  • Environmental science majors may collaborate with faculty on projects that lead to presentable and publishable results. Recent projects have included investigating the interactions of invasive plants, determining how woody debris influences small mammal communities, and the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles.
  • Environmental science majors may conduct forest vegetation sampling, survey animal communities and benthic macroinvertebrates, study the effects of forest fragmentation, identify tree species, determine the impacts of invasive species, and investigate water quality.

I believe that my LVC education and experiences laid the foundation for further research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, entrance into graduate school, and my full-time employment. None of these later steps would have occurred if I had not had classes that interested me in ecology or the opportunity to explore those interests through undergraduate research.

Adrienne Gemberling ’13, Biology, M.S., Missouri State University, Water Resources Coordinator, ClearWater Conservancy