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Environmental Science B.S. (IU degree)

Offered by: Department of Earth Sciences The Bachelor of Science of Environmental Science (B.S.E.S.) is an interdisciplinary degree within the School of Science that is offered in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the School of Liberal Arts.

Why choose this program?

This program prepares students for graduate studies and for a variety of careers with emphasis on investigation of the environment by federal and state agencies, industry, and consulting firms. The program allows flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of all students.
The B.S.E.S. degree goes beyond those students interested in improving our environment, but engages students who want a college experience and career that crosses traditional boundaries.

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What will you learn?

Earth and Water Resources Concentration:

Understanding interactions between land, soil, and water is critical to ensuring environmental quality. The Earth and Water Resources concentration provides students with a quantitative background in soils, hydrogeology, and biogeochemistry and an understanding of biological interactions, processes affecting soil and water resources, and advanced analytical techniques related to environmental quality assessments.

The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program develops many skills:

  • solving problems using critical thinking
  • combining a range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) in creatively solving practical problems
  • collaborating to complete projects with others
  • interpreting various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text
  • presenting insights and information in writing and speaking


Environmental Management Concentration:

Understanding interactions between land, soil, and water is critical to ensuring environmental quality.The Environmental Management concentration prepares students who wish to focus on the management of pollution in the air, land, and water.

Students who complete this concentration have the theoretical foundation and applied skills needed to characterize hazards, track the fate and transport of pollutants, identify health and environmental effects of pollutants, and plan and manage programs to control environmental hazards. 


Environmental Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Concentration:

The Environmental Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis concentration builds theoretical background and advanced knowledge in spatial analytical techniques using remote sensing (satellite and airborne sensors), geographic information system (GIS), and global positioning system (GPS) technologies. The concentration emphasizes integration of these technologies and their applications to problems of environmental modeling and analysis.

What will you do?

Earth and Water Resources Concentration:

Students can pursue detailed course work in either the Water or Earth options of this concentration and are prepared for continued advanced study or careers in government, industry, and environmental consulting. 


Environmental Management Concentration:

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management degree will provide students with a flexible, relevant, and current curriculum that will include opportunities for students who demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge in environmental theory and technology necessary to function at the environmental professional level in the industry.


Environmental Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Concentration:

The Bachelor of Science in environmental spatial analysis (ESA) is designed to produce graduates with skills that meet the needs of employers in geospatial technology fields with little or no further training by employers. The ESA degree is composed of a focused curriculum built on a firm foundation in geographical information science (GIS) and supported by courses in remote sensing and information technology.

Degree requirements

The B.S.E.S. degree is awarded by Indiana University. All students who enroll in the B.S.E.S. program will take the same set of basic core courses. Based on the program focus he/she chooses, the student will then take a set of courses unique to his/her program focus . The choice of his/her program concentration determines which school at IUPUI will oversee/advise the student.

Requirements vary depending on a student's date of enrollment. If you do not know what date you enrolled, check with your advisor.

Students enrolled August 2014 to present (2014-2016 IUPUI Bulletin): Bulletin | Checksheet
Students enrolled under the 2012-2014 IUPUI Bulletin: Bulletin | Checksheet
Students enrolled prior to August 2012 (2010-2012 IUPUI Bulletin): Bulletin

Capstone experience

Students will apply what they have learned in a capstone experience - a specialized seminar course. See your degree program advisor for a list of capstone options for your chosen concentration.


An exciting feature of the geology degree programs is undergraduate research. Faculty and students in the Departments of Earth Sciences (Science), Geography (Liberal Arts), and the Department of Public Health (School of Medicine) are actively engaged in basic and applied research.

Specific research areas include geochemistry, hydrology, paleoclimatology, biogeochemical cycles, soils, wetland restoration, water resource analysis, environmental remote sensing, land cover dynamics, urban ecosystems, human health and the environment, environmental and water resources planning, environmental health policy, food science, and indoor air quality. Research students benefit from personal attention and excellent academic and career advising. Learn more about our unprecedented research opportunities.

Field trips

Learning Earth science requires you to go outside! Depending on the instructor, many classes from the 100-500 level have either required or optional field trips. Some trips are part of the course material, while others are offered for extra credit. Trips range from the close to home, such as the Southside Landfill and Belmnot Sewage Treatment Plant within the city, to broader trips at Falls of the Ohio State Park, Lieber State Recreation Area, and Muscatatuck County Park, to the very far away trips including California, Iceland, the Grand Canyon, and the Smokey Mountains.

Environmental service learning

Since 1997, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) and the Department of Earth Sciences have coordinated environmental service learning projects each semester that include locations on the IUPUI campus as well as numerous central Indiana parks, greenways, and natural areas. Through the service learning program, IUPUI faculty, staff, and environmental managers work with IUPUI students and community members to address urban environmental issues.


“I hope to use my knowledge of science to help solve some of the environmental issues that we are currently facing and will continue to fight against in the future.”

Elliot Boyle Environmental Science, Undergraduate
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