Students in action

Field Trip

Field Trip

Students get wet as part of a SNES 1101 field trip on watershed management.

SNES Program Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Tim Fahey
Program Contact: Suzanne Wapner



Introduction to the major

The Science of Natural and Environmental Systems is a physical- and biological-science based major that addresses the interface of environmental science and human activity using a broad range of disciplines. The mission of this environmental major is to provide integrated rigorous instruction in four major areas of environmental science: biological (Ecology and the Environment), economic (Environmental and Resource Economics), physical (Environmental Chemistry: Soil, Air, Water), and social (Environment and Society).

Five concentrations are available: Environmental Agriculture; Environmental Biology; Environmental Economics; Environmental Information Science; and Sustainable Development. In addition to these specific majors, several departments offer a wide range of courses pertaining to environmental issues. Consult the course offerings in the departments of Applied Economics and Management, Animal Sciences, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Communications, Crop and Soil Sciences, Development Sociology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, Development Sociology, Food Sciences, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Plant Biology.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers six undergraduate majors in the environmental sciences. A detailed document has been prepared that explains the different program areas and compares the similarities and differences among the majors - A Comparison of CALS Environmental Majors.