Why Study Environmental Science?


Changing climate, environmental damage, population growth, energy demands, and habitat loss have become increasingly dominant in Americans’ minds over the past 50 years. As a result, demand for qualified environmental scientists to assess changing conditions and create positive solutions, has increased tremendously. Even in the current economy, UTEP Environmental Science students have found worth while careers with the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commissionon Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Park Service, Forest Service, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Army and a host of private companies.
UTEP’s program gets students involved in real-world problems with internships and research opportunities. When it comes time to fill in the “experience” section on a job application, UTEP ESCI students have experiences to draw on. All students take the University core curriculum, then begin working within the Environmental Science core. Students choose a concentration area that focuses on Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Hydroscience or Environmental Science with a Secondary Education minor. Many of UTEP’s ESCI undergraduates conduct research and present their findings at University colloquiums, regional and national conferences.
Students with a bachelors degree in science or engineering can apply for entry into the Environmental Science Masters Program. A core of ESCI graduate coursework is complemented with elective courses taken from the Colleges of Science and Engineering. The keystone is an original thesis research project conducted with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The interdisciplinary ESCI Faculty conducts wide-ranging investigations

Some of these research interests include:

  • Aeolian processes and contaminant transport
  • Surface water-ground water interaction
  • Bioaccumulation of heavy metals
  • Isotopic fractionation in natural systems
  • Phytoremediation
  • Groundwater contaminant transport
  • Climate change feedback mechanisms
  • Ecology and evolution of macrointertebrates
  • Radionuclide transport models

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