University of Dubuque


Environmental Science - About

Environmental Science is by nature an interdisciplinary area of study concerned with the biological, hydrological, and geochemical processes and interactions that shape our natural environment. The increasing impact of human beings upon the natural world has resulted in a broad range of problems involving our natural resources and environmental quality.Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the Environmental Science academic program is broader than most other science programs and is designed to provide a unique integration of chemistry, geology and biology .

The Environmental Science Program is interdisciplinary and offers a Bachelor of Science degree. The degree is offered with a concentration in biology.

  • the biology, chemistry and geology of natural systems
  • impacts on natural systems
  • analytic techniques
  • data treatment and report writing; and
  • cultural and political influences on environmental policies. Students apply knowledge and technical skills in experiential learning with a hands
    on emphasis. A major theme is environmental stewardship.

Other Advantages

As a professional program at the University of Dubuque, Environmental Science gives students access to cutting edge skills using the latest equipment and technology in the environmental field. Designed with students' educational needs foremost in mind, it offers the

  • A working field site on the Mississippi River. We are fortunte to have the asset of one of the nation's great waterways right at our doorstep.  With the benefit of our agile fleet of field boats, we can easily access study sites in the main channel and backwater areas of the river.
  • Emphasis on technology and research skills. Students are expected to be proficient in the latest types of analyses in geochemistry and ecology. Examples include Geographic Information Systems software, ion chromatographic water chemistry analysis, radio telemetry, and automatic water level probes. Students also conduct a guided undergraduate research project as a "capstone" experience during their senior year.
  • Real life experience. Because competition for jobs in environmental science is very high, students can prepare themselves for employment by participating in internships during the semester or summer. Contacts with natural resource agencies in the tri-statestate area facilitate the process of finding positions.
  • Emphasis on biology, geology, and chemistry. Environmental science students learn in an interdisciplinary atmosphere. Students interested in wildlife also learn about local hydrology and water chemistry. Students interested in toxicology also take courses in botany and zoology.

Student Kayleen Keehner on the Mississippi River.