Environmental Biology

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, limnology, soil science, geology and physical geography (geodesy), and atmospheric science) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental science emerged from the fields of natural history and medicine during the Enlightenment. Today it provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.

Related areas of study include environmental studies and environmental engineering. Environmental studies incorporates more of the social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering focuses on design and technology for improving environmental quality in every aspect.

Environmental scientists work on subjects like the understanding of earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, and the effects of global climate change. Environmental issues almost always include an interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Environmental scientists bring a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems. Key elements of an effective environmental scientist include the ability to relate space, and time relationships as well as quantitative analysis.

Environmental science came alive as a substantive, active field of scientific investigation in the 1960s and 1970s driven by (a) the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to analyze complex environmental problems, (b) the arrival of substantive environmental laws requiring specific environmental protocols of investigation and (c) the growing public awareness of a need for action in addressing environmental problems. Events that spurred this development included the publication of Rachel Carson's landmark environmental book Silent Spring along with major environmental issues becoming very public, such as the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, and the Cuyahoga River of Cleveland, Ohio, "catching fire" (also in 1969), and helped increase the visibility of environmental issues and create this new field of study.

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Matching Environmental Biology Colleges

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Four or more years; Public; $17,622 average out-state tuition; $5,742 average in-state tuition

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Four or more years; Public; $16,320 average out-state tuition; $6,670 average in-state tuition

Michigan State University

Four or more years; Public; $40,024 average out-state tuition; $15,375 average in-state tuition

Monmouth University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,032 average out-state tuition; $36,032 average in-state tuition

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Four or more years; Public; $18,730 average out-state tuition; $7,492 average in-state tuition

Boston University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $50,980 average out-state tuition; $50,980 average in-state tuition

Sewanee-The University of the South

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,812 average out-state tuition; $40,812 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Environmental Biology Majors

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Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

$150,000 September 30, 2022 See Details
 

Johnson and Johnson Scholars Award Program

Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company

award

$150,000

deadline

September 30, 2022
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

award

Up to $30,000

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SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2022 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2022
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Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship Competition

Wichita State University

Up to $19,000 Varies See Details
 

Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship Competition

Wichita State University

award

Up to $19,000

deadline

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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

$19,000 Varies See Details
 

Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

award

$19,000

deadline

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UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

Up to $15,000 March 02, 2023 See Details
 

UCF Astronaut Scholarship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

March 02, 2023
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Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

$12,500 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

award

$12,500

deadline

February 01, 2023
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President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

Up to $12,000 Varies See Details
 

President's Scholarship - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

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Up to $12,000

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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

award

$10,000

deadline

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African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Up to $10,000 November 30, 2022 See Details
 

African American Leadership Society STEM Scholarship

United Way of South Hampton Roads

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

November 30, 2022
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