Majors

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Are you interested in studying environmental systems, issues and solutions? Choose from over 20 undergraduate programs at Ohio State for the training you need to make a difference both during and after college.

 

Majors with a Central Focus on the Environment

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Earth Sciences B.A., B.S.
Ecological Engineering B.S.
Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability B.S.
Environmental Engineering B.S.
Environmental Policy and Decision Making B.S.
Environmental Public Health B.S.
Environmental Science B.S.
Evolution and Ecology B.A., B.S.
Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering B.S.
Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife B.S.
Natural Resources Management B.S.
Plant Health Management B.S.
Plant Pathology B.S.
Sustainable Plant Systems B.S.
Zoology B.S.

Majors with a Strong Focus on the Environment

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Agricultural Systems Management B.S.
City and Regional Planning B.S.
Entomology B.S.
Geography B.A., B.S.

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Majors with a Central Focus on the Environment

  • Earth Sciences (B.A. or B.S.)

The whole Earth is the laboratory for students of Earth Science. Majors follow a rigorous curriculum with grounding in all the basic sciences and mathematics as well as departmental courses including physical and historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, field geology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, geomorphology, paleontology, and geophysics. Administered by the School of Earth Sciences.

  • Ecological Engineering (B.S)

A major in Ecological Engineering focuses on the design and restoration of natural ecosystems for the benefit of scoiety and the environment. The curriculum in this major combines basics of math and science with fundamental engineering principles. Administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.

  • Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (B.S)

The Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major is a multi-disciplinary degree program in sustainability that provides students in-depth training in the economic, business and social aspects of sustainability. This new major provides the core knowledge and skills students need to pursue a career in sustainability in the private, public or non-profit sector. Administered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Environmental Engineering (B.S.)

Environmental engineers are technical leaders in sustainable development and the design of projects to protect our water, land and air resources, including the design of drinking water treatment plants, air pollution control systems, ecological restoration, and brownfield cleanups. Administered by the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering.

  • Environmental Policy and Decision Making (B.S.)

To meet challenges from species extinction and climate change to water quality and pollution prevention, it is crucial to understand human actions at the individual, community, and societal level. Students have the opportunity to specialize in: Climate Change, International Issues, or Water Conservation. Administered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Environmental Public Health (B.S.)

Public health professionals combat and reduce incidences of preventable diseases, push for healthier lifestyles, and minimize the consequences of catastrophic events. They also provide the basics of sanitation to safe food and water. In the Environmental Public Health major, students learn to analyze and integrate epidemiological, environmental monitoring/surveillance and risk assessment data. Administered by the College of Public Health in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Environmental Science (B.S)

Students receive training in the scientific processes and principles of the natural environment as a means for improving quality of life. Focus areas include Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Molecular Science, Environmental Science Education, Soil Resources and Environmental Sustainability, and Water Science. Administered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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  • Evolution and Ecology (B.A. or B.S.)

The study of evolution deals with both the historical path of evolution from pre-biotic earth to the present, and the processes contributing to evolutionary change, such as natural selection, genetic drift, and historical accidents. The study of ecology concerns how organisms function in their dealings with other organisms and with their environment. Ecology is one of the key sciences having to do with the broader field of conservation biology and the maintenance of biodiversity. Administered by the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

  • Food, Biological and Ecological Engineering (B.S.)

Food, agricultural, and biological engineers identify and solve engineering problems where natural earth systems can be engineered to be more productive for humanity today and tomorrow while protecting these resources for a sustained and secure future for all. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Food Engineering, Biological Engineering and Ecological Engineering. Administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.

  • Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife (B.S.)

The study of forestry, fisheries and wildlife are applied sciences that use basic biology to solve problems in conservation and restoration of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats, and plant and animal species that are affected by human utilization of natural resources. Administered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Natural Resources Management (B.S.)

Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will complete courses in the natural sciences to gain a better understanding of environmental systems and the social sciences to better understand how decisions are made regarding the use or protection of those systems. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Administration and Management, and Sustainable Agriculture. Administered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Plant Health Management (B.S.)

Plant Health Management is a joint major between Plant Pathology and Entomology, and the curriculum for this major includes course on plant disease management, entomology, horticulture, weed science, chemistry, soil science, and more. Students in this major are well prepared for careers in crop consultance or crop advising, research scientists, lanscape professionals, horticulture, and many more. Administered by the Department of Plant Pathology.

  • Plant Pathology (B.S.)

A major in Plant Pathology is very similar to one in Plant Health Management, but focuses more on core science courses to prepare students for graduate study. The curriculum for this major includes classes dealing with biology, plant biology, plant pathology, genetics, plant disease management, horticulture, microbiology, chemistry, plant physiology, soil science, and more. Students in this major are prepared for careers as research scientists, eduactors, geneticists, and environmental scientists. Administered by the Department of Plant Pathology.

  • Sustainable Plant Systems (B.S.)

The Sustainable Plant Systems major consists of core classes including plant pathology, soil science, insect science, chemistry, and biology. Within this major, students have the option to pursue one of four specializations, including Agronomy, Horticulture, Landscape Design & Management, and Turfgrass Science. Administered by the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.

  • Zoology (B.A. or B.S.)

A degree in Zoology meets the minimal requirements for most graduate programs in biology, and students in this major take courses in evolution, ecology, organismal diversity, general genetics, biodiversity, organismal biology, and other electives. Administerd by the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

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Majors with a Strong Focus on the Environment

  • Agricultural Systems Management (B.S.)

A major in Agricultural Systems Management allows students to learn about agricultural systems, and focuses on ares such as precision agriculture, soil and water, structures and facilities, and power and machinery. Students enrolled in this major gain real-world experience through in-class labs and a required internship. Administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biologcial Sciences.

  • City and Regional Planning (B.S.)

City and Regional Planners are out-of-the-box thinkers who love cities, towns, and regions. Planners are interested in developing local economies, providing affordable housing, promoting green energy, preserving threatened land, building great public transit, and developing sustainable cities and regions. Specializations include Sustainable eEnvironmental and Infrastructure Planning; Housing, Community Development, and Social Equity; Urban Design; International Development; and GIS and Spatial Analysis. Administered by the Knowlton School of Architecture.

  • Entomology (B.S.)

Entomologists study insects at all levels of organization--from cells to ecosystems--in areas such as evolution, ecology, physiology, morphology, systematics, toxicology, behavior, and genetics. There is also a significant applied component to entomology which addresses important economic, public health, and environmental impacts of insects. Within the major, students can specialize in areas such as acarology, apiculture, pest management, arthropod physiology, systematic entomology, and toxicology. Administered by the Department of Entomology.

  • Geography (B.A. or B.S.)

Geography is the study of distributions, patterns, and movements across space, both physical and social. Human geographers study the geographic patterns of various human activities: economic, political, and cultural. Physical geographers focus on the geography of physical processes and their effects: the geography of weather and climate. Students choose from four specializations: Environment and Society; Atmospheric and Climatic Studies; GIS and Spatial Analysis; and Urban, Regional and Global Studies. Administered by the Department of Geography.

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Resources

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