Students gain practical experience working alongside faculty.
About Environmental Science at LVC
"Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.” — Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Your LVC degree in environmental science will prepare you to meet this growing need head on. You'll cover biology, chemistry, geosystems, geographical information systems (GIS), mathematics, and physics so that you're fully prepared to help solve the challenges the world faces.
Participate in hands-on fieldwork at spots within walking distance of campus, including a 20-acre eastern deciduous forest, riparian wetland, campus pond, and many other rich environmental areas. For example, you 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, or investigate water quality.
Our Neidig-Garber Science Center houses research-level instrumentation and labs accessible to undergraduates, including freshman year. You'll be able to 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.
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.