Environmental Science TIERA Program


Training in Environmental Research and Academic Success

Our Vision

The Environmental Science program will train scientists to assume professional roles to address local to international environmental problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Our Mission

The Environmental Science Program provides undergraduate and Master's level preparation for students who wish to contribute to understanding and solving anthropogenic or natural problems associated with the environment. The program is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in the sciences that will prepare students for graduate school and careers in the environmental workforce. The program takes advantage of UTEP’s unique binational setting that allows students to apply their expertise in the search for solutions to regional, national and international environmental problems.

Why Study Environmental Science?

Our environment is very important to us because it is where we live and share resources with other species.

Environmental science is the study of interactions among the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment. Environmental science enlightens us on how to conserve our environment in the face of increasing human population growth and anthropogenic activities that degrade natural resources and ecosystems.

Our Faculty

The Environmental Science Program is hosted with the Department of Geological Sciences, but is a multi-disciplinary program with involvement of faculty from Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Physics.  

What Will I Study?

Environmental science is a multidisciplinary academic field. In our program you will study topics such as biodiversity, climate change, air, soil and water pollution, population dynamics, environmental policy, and more. 

You will also learn research and laboratory skills and have frequent opportunities to practice and apply what you learn.

Where Are They Now?

UTEP's environmental science students have found careers with the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Army, and a host of private companies.  Many of them have pursued their graduate studies.

Why UTEP?

  • Work with leading scientists
  • Research opportunities at local to global levels
  • Creative activities
  • Scholarships and internships
  • Professional academic advisors
  • Great career prospects
  • Friendly community

Requirements and Degree

Bachelor's Degree (B.S):

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science requires a minimum of 120 credits, which may come from a combination of core and elective courses.
  • The program allows students to focus on concentrations such as Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Hydroscience or Secondary Education.

Master's Degree (M.S.)

  • Students with a Bachelor's in science or engineering can apply for entry into the Environmental Science Master's Program.
  • 30 hours of elective courses, seminar, research, and thesis complete the degree plan.

How to Get Started

Talk with an advisor to know more about the program.

Ms. Maryam Zarei/TIERA Coordinator