EVS Program

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (the “EVS Program”) is an interdisciplinary degree program in Environmental Science offered collaboratively by The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural SciencesJackson 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.  If you’re interested in learning more about other sustainability and environment undergraduate degree programs at UT Austin, you can check them out here.

To see how these elements connect over a four year term take a look at the EVS Degree Plans, EVS Course Lists, and Sample Four Year Plans on the EVS Current Student Forms page.

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:

curriculum1 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.
curriculum2 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, students will gain practical, hands-on experience in field work studying aquifers, ecosystems, estuaries and sustainable development.
curriculum3 Advanced Coursework:  After completing up to two years in the program, students choose among three tracks within EVS – 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.
curriculum4 Professional Preparation: During their senior year, students take two professional development seminars 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.

For more information on the EVS program, explore the rest of the EVS site, take a look at the program’s Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact the program by email at evs@esi.utexas.edu.