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Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences

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ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOSYSTEM SCIENCES

Environmental and ecosystem sciences is the study of different environments and their interactions with biological systems. Those studying environmental and ecosystem sciences use chemistry, biology, ecology, physics and statistics to solve environmental challenges.

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN ENVIRONMENTAL
AND ECOSYSTEM SCIENCES

Laboratory Experience
WSU Tri-Cities environmental and ecosystem sciences students get hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory on campus.

Regional research
Sarah Roley, assistant professor of environmental sciences, works with students to study the effects of seasonal irrigation flows on microbes and algae in the Yakima River watershed.

Hands-on research
A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching the impact that fungus could have on vineyard growth and nutrient uptake, which could lead to less watering and less fertilizer required for a successful crop.

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in environmental and ecosystem sciences, which could include:

  • Earth science
  • Sustainability
  • Natural resources
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Limnology
  • Climate change
  • Geology

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

(Talk with an advisor about environmental and ecosystem sciences minor requirements.)

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

The WSU Tri-Cities environmental and ecosystem sciences degree emphasizes hands-on experience in the latest methods used to analyze local environmental challenges.

WSU Tri-Cities is also an active partner for research concerning environmental clean-up at the Hanford Nuclear Site, environmental preservation and protections and the study of worldly impacts on the environment. Learn from the best in the heart of a region known for science. 

RELATED FIELDS:

  • Chemistry
  • Conservation science 
  • Ecology
  • Physics
  • Human behavior

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in environmental and ecosystem sciences
The flexibility of the environmental and ecosystem sciences program allows students to focus on their individual interests to best prepare them for their career or graduate school. 

WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and salary:

$53,435

Estimated salary of environmental and ecosystem sciences alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities environmental and ecosystem sciences graduates:
Environmental Scientist | Natural resource scientist | Data scientist | Chemist | Environmental Analyst | Science Educator 

*Data provided by EMSI