Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES)

Find solutions to pressing environmental problems

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.

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 land positions as:

  • Environmental Health and Safety Engineer, Arconic
  • Restorative Technician, Davey Resource Group
  • GIS Specialist, Johnson Country REMC
  • Field Scientist, Alt & Witzig Consulting Services
  • Environmental Technician, State of Indiana
  • Environmental Manager, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Public Policy Analyst, Dentons
  • Conservation Finance Research Associate, The Trust for Public Land
Study Environmental Management and Environmental Science at O’Neill

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Study Environmental Management & Environmental Science at the O'Neill School

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AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: Environmental Management is one of those majors that's very unique to O'Neill, and I gravitated toward this major because I was really interested in environmental advocacy, but I wasn't super interested in the nitty-gritty science aspect of it.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 2: My major is Environmental Science, and I chose this major because I've always been fascinated with science my entire life. It is a very heavy science major. There is a lot of chemistry, physics, and biology in that.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 3: I'm majoring in Environmental Management, and I chose that because I really like science. I also really like people. So I really wanted something that would combine those two.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 2: As an Environmental Science student, your classes actually have access to the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. And so you get to go out there to a bunch of acres of protected forest with University Lake, which is an old reservoir.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: I would describe Environmental Management as a blend between environmental science and public policy.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 3: So you get that background on how environmental processes like the Greenhouse Effect work, but then you learn how laws and private sector/nonprofit actions interact with those scientific processes.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: If you're someone who's interested in helping the environment and doing environmental work, but you're not very interested in doing hard sciences of an Environmental Science degree, then Environmental Management would be a really good option for you.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 3: I just wanted to be involved in these really important environmental issues that we're facing today.

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BSES success stories

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Ashlyn Carter, BSES’18
Law Student, IU McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis

“I was inspired to apply to law school after listening to my O’Neill School professors speak passionately about the environment. My undergraduate environmental science degree was so rigorous that the academic skills I learned have been invaluable in law school—and helped me balance life in general. Keep an open mind; this degree can take you places you did not plan.”


Corben Andrews
2020 Sustainability Scholar

“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

Required coursework

The BSES is a joint degree program between the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the College of Arts + 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.

As a student in the O'Neill School, you will complete your degree requirements based on your matriculation date – the date you entered Indiana University Bloomington.

Your Academic Advising Report is your personalized report outlining your progress toward graduation. The requirements below are for advising purposes only and are not official. To discuss your degree requirements and academic goals, make an appointment with your academic advisor.