With the world’s population approaching 7 billion, and expected to exceed 9 billion within 30 to 40 years, our environment is threatened as never before. Environmental Science addresses crucial matters about Earth and its ecosystems. In Environmental Science, we focus on use of key natural resources and human impacts on our environment.  Some specific matters that environmental scientists address include ecosystem function and protection, land-use planning, waste management, water quality, recycling, decontamination, revegetation of disturbed sites, and agriculture’s impacts on the environment. If you want to become a scientist with the skills and knowledge to improve environmental quality through better management, and to clean up environmental pollution, then the Environmental Science major at Virginia Tech is for you!

As a student majoring in Environmental Science, you can count on quality academic programs relevant for today and tomorrow, opportunities for involvement and experience, and individual and personal attention from our award winning faculty and staff.

As an Environmental Science major, you will:

  • Not just study environmental problems, you will learn how to develop solutions to improve the environment for ourselves and for future generations.
  • Discover technology and tools to restore degraded environments.
  • Start on a Career Path with a great future. Our students are highly employable and readily placed in consulting firms, businesses, government agencies, and non-government organizations and compete extremely well for entrance to graduate programs throughout the U.S. With more than 700 alumni, the Environmental Science major has a 22-year history of producing highly qualified graduates.

ENSC Options

  • Land, Water, and Air– Learn how to measure, prevent, and reverse the damage caused by pollution of land, water, and air resources.
  • Water Science and Quality – Understand how to protect the quality of a key ecosystem resource: fresh water, which is already dangerously depleted or degraded in many parts of the world.
  • Land Restoration and Management – Intelligent use of our landscapes: The land’s capacity to support human activities such as agriculture, development and waste disposal.
  • NOTE: You must declare your option your junior year. To declare your option, fill out this form, get it signed by your advisor, Dr. Matt Eick (Smyth 236), and then take it to Dean Sumner's office (Litton Reaves 1070)

ENSC Minors

Common Minors for ENSC Majors

  • Chemistry - students completing a BS in environmental science only need to take CHEM 2536 (Organic Chemistry), CHEM 2546 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory), and CHEM 4615 (Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences) to complete a chemistry minor
  • Wetland Science - students completing a BS in environmental science only need to take 6 credits of wetland restricted electives to complete a wetland science minor.  Additionally, some of these restricted electives can be used as technical electives for your option.
  • Green Engineering - students completing a BS in environmental science only need to take 6 credits of required courses and 3 credits of engineering elective courses to complete a green engineering minor.  Additionally, some of these courses can be used as technical electives for your option.

ENSC Undergraduate Program Director

Matt Eick

Dr. Matt Eick
Environmental Sciences
236 Smyth Hall
(540) 231-8943

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