Freshman

Course Selection

  • Because of the degree’s interdisciplinary nature, begin considering which aspect of Environmental Science appeals to you.
  • Gateway Courses: ENVI 1020, CHEM 1030/31 and 1040/41.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your assigned faculty advisor each semester to discuss your major and academic plan.

Comer Hall, home of the college of agriculture student advising

Gain Experience

  • Check your “This Week on Ag Hill” and “Find Your Career” e-mails to learn about ways you can get involved and gain experience on campus.
  • Use LinkedIn (linkedin.com/alumni) to identify past graduates in your major.
  • Contact them to set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

Handshake

Get Involved

  • Join the College of Agriculture Student Services Facebook page for college and major updates, and internship and job postings.
  • The Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Club is a professional organization for students interested in agriculture, sustainability, and environmental sciences.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 1020/21 and 1030/31, CHEM 2030, GEOL 2100.

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve academic performance, including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.

Gain Experience

  • Consider traveling abroad. The college offers Study Abroad Scholarships to students studying abroad.
  • Apply to the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. Students get to take part in job shadowing opportunities, networking opportunities, and see first hand where your degree can take you.

Get Involved

  • Participate in the intercollegiate Soil Judging Team.
  • Volunteer! Seek out opportunities that cater to your interest and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest, to attend meetings and enhance your resume.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Working with your faculty advisor, begin to select and take Professional Track elective courses that align with your future goals.
  • Gateway Courses: AGRN 2040, CHEM 3050, BIOL 3060, CIVL 4210/11.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with a counselor in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance.

Gain Experience

  • Pursue opportunities for an internship.
  • Attend professional development events (Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, Workshops).

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organization to exercise and enhance your skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Continue to ensure that your Professional Track elective courses align with your career interests.
  • Gateway Courses: Professional Track elective courses (various options).

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your resume and cover letter.

Gain Experience

  • Attend AU Career Fair.
  • Attend professional conferences and take part in industry tours.

Get Involved

  • Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture. The organization is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

General Information

You will gain an understanding of contemporary issues, as well as the historical, social, economic and political contexts that scientists face in dealing with environmental issues. The environmental science major is tailored to equip you to succeed in a field that is continually changing with new challenges and solutions.

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Interests

Holland's Code: IRC

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • INTJ
    • ISTJ

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

    Values

    • Achievement
    • Independence
    • Recognition

    Skills

    • Active Listening
    • Critical thinking
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Science
    • Speaking

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Environmental Science Majors

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    Last modified: August 18, 2020