Environmental Science Program



A major in Environmental Science prepares students for careers in industry, government, research, and academia. Some students obtain employment right after completing their Muhlenberg education and some pursue graduate studies in environmental science, medicine, forestry, ecology, industrial hygiene, resource management, or law.

Job opportunities. Employment opportunities for environmental science majors are found in environmental consulting firms, environmental departments in local, state or federal agencies, environmental compliance and problem solving in industry, laboratories doing environmental testing, nature education centers, natural resource management, non-profit environmental advocacy groups, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Recent graduates have gotten jobs working with environmental consulting firms and local governments in waste management and water-quality monitoring.

Graduate study. There are many opportunities for graduate study in environmental science. Students may choose to continue studies in interdisciplinary science or focus on biological, chemical, physical or mathematical aspects of environmental science. Many schools offer graduate degrees in environmental science. A very short list of relevant programs includes: Duke University's Center for the Environment (a cooperative program with Duke is available to Muhlenberg students), SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, and the Pennsylvania State University's Watershed Stewardship Program. Students may focus on human health and toxicology (for example, at a school such as Johns Hopkins or Cornell) or industrial hygiene (for example, at Drexel University).