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Environmental Science

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to Ecology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Geology, Atmospheric Science and Geography) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental science 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.

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 Rachael 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

Texas A & M University-College Station
Four or more years; Public; $20,687 average out-state tuition; $5,297 average in-state tuition
University of California-Santa Barbara
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Sonoma State University
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition
Western Washington University
Four or more years; Public; $17,320 average out-state tuition; $6,973 average in-state tuition
University of South Florida-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $14,916 average out-state tuition; $5,726 average in-state tuition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Four or more years; Public; $24,953 average out-state tuition; $5,128 average in-state tuition
San Francisco State University
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Environmental Science Majors

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HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

Up to $25,000 February 23, 2019 See Details

HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

award

Up to $25,000

deadline

February 23, 2019
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Henry David Thoreau Scholarship

Henry David Thoreau Foundation

Up to $20,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Henry David Thoreau Scholarship

Henry David Thoreau Foundation

award

Up to $20,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

Up to $7,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

award

Up to $7,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Udall Foundation

Up to $7,000 March 07, 2019 See Details

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Udall Foundation

award

Up to $7,000

deadline

March 07, 2019
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PERC Graduate Fellowship

Property and Environment Research Center

$6,750 April 01, 2019 See Details

PERC Graduate Fellowship

Property and Environment Research Center

award

$6,750

deadline

April 01, 2019
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Roger Gregory Jr. and Emma E. Gregory Memorial Scholarship

Colonial Agricultural Educational Foundation, Inc.

$6,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

Roger Gregory Jr. and Emma E. Gregory Memorial Scholarship

Colonial Agricultural Educational Foundation, Inc.

award

$6,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

$5,000 January 01, 2019 See Details

NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

award

$5,000

deadline

January 01, 2019
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Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow

Franklin Energy

$5,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow

Franklin Energy

award

$5,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

Up to $5,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Howard Baker Foundation General Scholarship

Wayne State University

Up to $4,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

Howard Baker Foundation General Scholarship

Wayne State University

award

Up to $4,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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