The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (the “EVS Program”) is an interdisciplinary degree program in Environmental Science operated collaboratively by The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, and College of Liberal Arts. The EVS Program is unique for its innovative, interdisciplinary nature and its extensive use of hands-on experience and professional preparation to create tomorrow’s environmental scientists.
To see how these elements connect over a four year term take a look at the Sample Four Year Plan, or for more specifics take a look at the EVS Course Lists for the 2010-2012/2012-2014 catalogs and the 2014-2016 catalog.
The EVS curriculum brings together four essential components to successful environmental education, making it unique both at The University of Texas at Austin and nationwide:
|A Scientific Foundation: During the first two years in the program, students take core science courses in Earth and life sciences, geography, economics, ecology, sustainability policy and climate concerns. This foundation provides students with the knowledge and perspective to pursue a future in environmental science and related fields.|
|Hands-On Experience: During the first two years of the program, students take both a field seminar and research methods course taught by top UT faculty. In both courses, student will gain practical, hands-on experience in field-work studying aquifers, ecosystems, estuaries and sustainable development.|
|Advanced Coursework: After completing two years in the program, students choose among three tracks within the environmental science program –Geological, Biological, and Geographical Science – each of which provides a distinct disciplinary strength. This upper-division work will allow students to build on their interdisciplinary foundation while gaining focus on a particular area of practice.|
|Professional Preparation: During their senior year, students take a professional development seminar and complete a capstone research experience. This senior experience completes students’ preparation for professional practice in research, policy, and consulting as part of the public and private sectors, or for continued professional development through graduate study.|
This interdisciplinary, hands-on education keeps students motivated to learn and grow, while simultaneously preparing them to address mounting environmental challenges.