Environmental Science, Natural Science (BS)
What is A Environmental Science, Natural Science (BS) Degree?
Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary approach that studies the environment – the relationship between that world and the organisms in it. It’s a branch of biology that uses chemistry, physics, ecology, and other sciences to explain the impacts of living things on the environment, like in the recent focus on man-made global warming. Natural sciences are those that study observable things that happen in nature like biology, chemistry, and physics.
This degree looks more in-depth at the kinds of environmental issues that occur primarily because of conditions that occur naturally, not those that are man-made. It looks at how the magnetic pull of the moon affects tides and how meteorites hitting the earth have affected dinosaurs on earth. It may also look at how sunspots on the sun, volcanic eruptions, melting and freezing conditions at the poles, or winds coming from the north vs. the south affect weather conditions. To earn the BS degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Natural Science you’ll study basic courses in biology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science. You’ll also develop computer skills to be used in your analysis of data. This degree should enable you to work in a wide variety of fields in the natural sciences.
The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.