Environmental Science (BS)

University of Pittsburgh

Date Posted: Oct. 23, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


Environmental science is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on documenting the impacts that people have on our environment, on reducing the harmful effects of these impacts, and on restoring aspects of the environment to benefit both nature and people. This program focuses on air, water, and the Earth’s solid surface, and it includes an emphasis on their interactions with life.

One goal of this program is to give students the skills and know-how to actually fix things. Careers range from the assessment, remediation, and protection of air and water resources to the restoration of disturbed landscapes to helping to ensure that major industries comply with environmental regulations (either by working for the industry itself or a government agency). In addition, this program provides fine intellectual training in the tradition of a liberal arts education, which means that students will also be well-qualified to get the jobs on offer at Pitt’s career fairs.

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