Department of Environmental Science

Environmental Science at WSU Tri-Cities

Dr. Allan Felsot teaching a class


Environmental Science deals with the variety of environmental problems caused by humans as they live their lives; satisfying their needs and wants, processing materials, and releasing unwanted products into the environment. The field emerged as a response to these problems. Today this includes the issues of air and water pollution, biodiversity, hazardous waste, global climate change and ozone depletion. Washington State University’s Environmental Science leaders have developed a program of study that provides graduates with the perspective, tools, and experience to meet the challenges that this exciting field presents.

Addressing environmental problems requires more than a good general science degree. Students will study subject matter from a range of disciplines that includes the social sciences as well as natural sciences.

In addition to the core requirements, students must consult with an advisor to choose an area of specialization and complete a minimum of 18 semesters credits related to the chosen topic. Students may chose from a diverse range of fields in environmental science, including natural resource sciences, geology, biology, environmental regulatory compliance, occupational and environmental health science, health science, hazardous waste management, or agricultural ecology.

Students may also obtain a minor in Environmental Science. 18 semester credits are required, including Biol 372, ES/RP 335, and ES/RP 444. Applications and further details are available from the science advisor.