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Environmental Science Program

Concerns about human impacts on the environment have led to the development of a number of exciting careers involved with environmental protection, law, health, and economics. The Environmental Science Program at Southeast is an interdisciplinary, science-intensive program, requiring comprehensive study in the natural sciences. Members of the Environmental Science faculty are from the science departments and a variety of other academic departments across the university. This allows you to study and solve environmental problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and will give you the diverse skills necessary for a satisfying career in Environmental Science. If you are interested in helping find solutions to environmental problems today and in the future, then this is the program for you.
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Educational Preparation

The Environmental Science Program at Southeast Missouri State University is a science-intensive program that consists of core courses required of every Environmental Science major and an option area in biology, business, chemistry, environmental health, geoprocessing and soils, or policy and communication. The curriculum is designed to provide environmental science majors with fundamental knowledge of the scientific, social, ethical, legal, economic, and medical aspects of environmental issues. The core of courses includes approximately 60 credit hours covering the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, and English.

Students also select one of the following six option areas with 20-30 additional credit hours:

Biology (90-94):

Research methods, life processes, plant or animal biology, and upper– level biology electives

Business (80-84):

Accounting, management, marketing, and economics

Chemistry (90-94):

Qualitative chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry and upper-level chemistry electives

Environmental Health (81-88):

Occupational health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, environmental health, environmental law and health-related electives

Geoprocessing & Soils (81-85):

Geographic Information Systems, soil classification, and upper-level electives in geosciences

Policy & Communication (83-87):

Public policy analysis, topics in political science, advanced public speaking, environmental law and public policy, and environmental health

General Courses of Study

Students in the Environmental Science Program are required to take two Environmental Science seminars. These seminars assist the students in integrating the science courses with application toward environmental issues. In addition to the requirements of the Environmental Science Degree Program, all students at Southeast must complete the required number of credits in each component of the General Education program. Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their area of emphasis; this advisor assists students in developing a personal plan of study that meets their needs, interests, and career goals.

Facilities and Amenities

The diverse academic departments that encompass the Environmental Science Program at Southeast offer a variety of state-of-the-art modern facilities for students in the program. The program is housed in Rhodes Hall of Science on the north end of the campus, with teaching and research facilities in Rhodes Hall, Magill Hall, and Johnson Hall. The Biology, Chemistry, and Geoscience departments offer laboratories with a complete range of basic equipment to undertake undergraduate and graduate research. Students may take advantage of a variety of potential internships and research experiences in environmentally-related areas in cooperation with faculty members and field supervisors. A Geographic Information System (GIS) facility is available in the Geosciences Department, which allows students to study questions at the landscape scale. Outdoor teaching, internships, and research opportunities are available in nearby state parks and conservation areas. The Center of Environmental Analysis provides opportunities for student internships and/ or student research at the state regional and federal levels. Within 10 minutes of the University, the I. R. Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary offers 150 acres of forest and field, and is managed by the Biology department. The University is also affiliated with the Reis Biological Station in the Ozarks, and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where students may take summer courses.

Applicant Information

For additional information regarding programs and requirements in environmental science, contact:

Environmental Science Program
Mail Stop 6250
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
(573) 651-5990

For information about admission to the University, contact:

Admissions Office
Mail Stop 3550
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
(573) 651-2590

For more information about the program contact


(573) 651-5990

One University Plaza, MS6250
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701