University of Oregon - Environmental Science Program
1585 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97403
Undergraduate degrees: B.A. or B.S.
Undergraduate minor: Environmental Studies
Getting Involved and Making a Difference
Are you deeply concerned about environmental issues? Do you want to build skills for studying and protecting our changing natural resources? If you’re looking for the challenges of a science-based, firmly committed curriculum, the University of Oregon’s environmental science program could be the perfect major for you.
Environmental issues represent some of the most important challenges facing the planet in the twenty-first century. Eugene, Oregon—a center of environmental activism—is just the place to confront those issues head-on, and to learn in the process. You will be inspired by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, the natural beauty of the rocky coastline, the nearby old-growth forests, and the Cascade peaks of Western Oregon. The UO’s programs also benefit from the progressive atmosphere and the environmental sensitivity of the Eugene community.
The environmental science major is heavily focused on the physical sciences. You will become grounded in at least three natural-science disciplines—choosing from among biology, geology, chemistry, data analysis, and physical geography—as well as mathematics. You will have considerable latitude in designing your course of study, combining theory and practice with hands-on involvement and a detailed concentration on your own specific interests.
You may also apply to participate in our Environmental Leadership Program, a pioneering venture in participatory service learning. The program involves students in collaborative environmental research and service projects with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses. Choose your own focus from four areas: stream, forest, marine, or wetlands teams.