Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES)

Lead the charge to protect the planet

With a major in Environmental Science through a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES) degree, you will study the environment and look for solutions to pressing environmental problems. The BSES is a joint degree program between the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences—to offer you a selection of courses on a wide range of environmental topics, taught by over 40 faculty and instructors across Indiana University.

You’ll follow an interdisciplinary approach, gaining knowledge and tools from the traditional sciences, such as biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, mathematics, meteorology, and physics. Many of the courses include field and laboratory work, providing valuable hands-on experience, and demonstrating the applied nature of environmental science. At the same time, you will be encouraged to think broadly about the relationships between science, policy, and management.

Employment opportunities include environmental consulting firms; federal, state, and local environmental agencies; and non-governmental environmental organizations. 

Graduates in this major have gone on to work with:

  • BBP Water Corp.
  • Davey Tree
  • Duke Energy

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Required coursework

Note: If you are completing Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science requirements from pre-fall 2013, see an advisor—your requirements are different than those shown above.

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Student carries plant flats.

I feel like the opportunities I’ve had have given me a taste for what it is like to really work in the field of sustainability.   Experience a day in Corben’s life

—Corben Andrews, O’Neill student and 2020 Sustainability Scholar

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