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Environmental Science Program

Engineering, Science, and Technology Building, SL 118
723 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132
Phone: (317) 274-7484; fax: (317) 274-7966

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science of Environmental Science (BSES) degree is awarded by Indiana University. This program prepares students for graduate studies and for a variety of careers with emphasis on investigation of the environment by federal and state agencies, industry, and consulting firms. The program allows flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of all students.

Faculty and students in the Departments of Earth Sciences (Science), Geography (Liberal Arts), and the Fairbanks School of Public Health are actively engaged in basic and applied research.  Specific research areas include geochemistry, hydrology, paleoclimatology, biogeochemical cycles, soils, wetland restoration, water resource analysis, environmental remote sensing, land cover dynamics, urban ecosystems, human health and the environment, environmental and water resources planning, environmental health policy, food science, and indoor air quality.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program offers three concentrations. The Earth and Water Resources concentration provides students with a quantitative background in soils, hydrogeology, and biogeochemistry and an understanding of biological interactions, processes affecting soil and water resources, and advanced analytical techniques related to environmental quality assessments.  The Environmental Management concentration prepares students who wish to focus on the management of pollution in the air, land, and water.  Students who complete this concentration have the theoretical foundation and applied skills needed to characterize hazards, track the fate and transport of pollutants, identify health and environmental effects of pollutants, and plan and manage programs to control environmental hazards.  The Environmental Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis concentration builds theoretical background and advanced knowledge in spatial analytical techniques using remote sensing (satellite and airborne sensors), geographic information system (GIS), and global positioning system (GPS) technologies. Selection of a particular concentration should be made in consultation with the academic and concentration advisors.