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Environmental Science BS

Combine a love for nature with cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet in this innovative environmental science degree.

Program skills

The practice of environmental science demands that students be well-rounded specialists. To accomplish this, each student is required to complete an environmental science concentration in one of the following areas: digital imaging, environmental biology, environmental economics, environmental public policy, mathematics and statistics, or remote sensing. Students also may develop a self-designed concentration in an area of personal interest, subject to approval from an environmental science review committee. RIT’s stature as a top technical university gives our students a significant advantage as technology revolutionizes the way environmental data are collected and analyzed.

Program facilities equipment

Students have access to ten student/faculty research laboratories and a Greenhouse and plant tissue culture facility. Students are also equipped with GIS Software (ArcGIS & IDRISI, access to ENVI and ERDAS), Garmin and Trimble GPS receivers, soil sampling equipment, soil analysis equipment, water sampling devices, multimeters, individual probes for water quality analysis, LiCor light meter with 2 pi and 4 pi sensors, Hach LDO oxygen meters, ponar dredges, plankton samplers, macroinvertebrate nets/samplers, and a library of field reference texts.  The Environmental Science program also runs and maintains an on-campus bird banding facility (RITBO). 

Program job titles reported

City Research Scientist; Education Presenter; Environmental Analyst; Environmental Scientist; Field Biologist; Graduate Research Assistant; LiDAR Technician; Philanthropy and Operations Coordinator; Physical Scientist; Pump and Process Operator Trainee; Remote Sensing Technician; Research Engineer

Select program hiring partners

Bausch Health Companies, Dow, Microworks POS Solutions, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, The Seneca Nation of Indians, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services

Industries


  • Environmental Services

  • Forestry

  • Natural Resources

  • Scientific and Technical Consulting

72%

Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).

86%

Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 33.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 39.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 33.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 39.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Co-op is optional for students in the environmental science degree.