Environmental Science

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 Science Colleges

American Public University System

Four or more years; Private for profit; $6,480 average out-state tuition; $6,480 average in-state tuition

University of South Florida-Main Campus

Four or more years; Public; $15,473 average out-state tuition; $4,559 average in-state tuition

Western Washington University

Four or more years; Public; $21,391 average out-state tuition; $6,879 average in-state tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Four or more years; Public; $34,473 average out-state tuition; $9,909 average in-state tuition

Texas A & M University-College Station

Four or more years; Public; $32,589 average out-state tuition; $7,023 average in-state tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Four or more years; Public; $28,822 average out-state tuition; $9,718 average in-state tuition

University of California-Davis

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Environmental Science Majors

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Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 02, 2020 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 02, 2020
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FIRST Scholarship - Tulane University

FIRST

$30,000 April 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Tulane University

FIRST

award

$30,000

deadline

April 15, 2021
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May H. Weis Environmental Internship/Scholarship

Ramapo College of New Jersey

$13,900 October 01, 2020 See Details
 

May H. Weis Environmental Internship/Scholarship

Ramapo College of New Jersey

award

$13,900

deadline

October 01, 2020
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Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

$10,000 December 16, 2020 See Details
 

Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

award

$10,000

deadline

December 16, 2020
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Kennecott Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Kennecott Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$6,000

deadline

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Mary Elrod Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$5,700 Varies See Details
 

Mary Elrod Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$5,700

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Sara Spero Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$5,500 Varies See Details
 

Sara Spero Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$5,500

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Robert Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$5,500 Varies See Details
 

Robert Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$5,500

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Matthew Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$5,500 Varies See Details
 

Matthew Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$5,500

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Mark Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$5,500 Varies See Details
 

Mark Levitan Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$5,500

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