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Explore Environmental Science

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Dive into the possibilities of environmental research.

You're not the type who wants to spend 40 hours a week cooped up to cubical or working remotely from your sofa. With a degree in environmental science, your work can be different every day – you might be out in the field measuring water quality, or in a lab researching the effects of climate change. UW-Green Bay is a natural fit for you. You’ll do hands-on research and get your feet wet (sometimes literally) as strive to learn about and preserve the environment.

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Getting a degree in environmental science means you can enjoy the great outdoors while you work to protect our environment.



Learn in the fields, streams and shorelines, working side-by-side with expert faculty.

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Because our field is so varied, you have a lot of career options, from working from home to traveling the world and everything in between.

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Better Future

A degree to establish your expertise protecting the environment.

Through your courses, you’ll be prepared to analyze, understand and solve environmental problems, combining your knowledge of scientific processes with an ability to evaluate restoration efforts of environmental systems. With five natural areas in Brown, Door and Manitowoc counties and educational centers like the Richter Museum, our university has access to an array of internship, research and learning opportunities.

About Environmental Science

Jump into Our Field

Because of our history of sustainability and location near the Bay, we have numerous resources to help environmental science students like you thrive.

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The Original Eco-U

Termed the “Eco-U” in the early 1970s, UW-Green Bay has over 50 years of teaching and research experience in the field. Our environmental science program was one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Our Eco-U Origins
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Explore Outdoors

With a 290-acre arboretum on campus, five off-campus natural areas and Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to research and learn hands-on in the field.

Investigate Outside  
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Travel the World

Discover more diverse environments by studying abroad or taking a travel course. Beyond academic benefits, you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an entirely different culture.

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Fund Your Education

Every year, tuition gets more expensive so scholarships are more essential than ever. The environmental science department alone has given over $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Our Heirloom Plant Sale raises money to support 8-12 research projects and internships each year.

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Learn from the Experts

Work directly with professors to address current environmental problems to find solutions at regional, national and international levels. Their research provides opportunities for students to gain valuable knowledge and experience.

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Sustainability Certificate

Our future relies on prioritizing sustainable practices in a vast array of careers and organizations. To meet that demand, the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) offers a certificate for all students, regardless of degree, to develop an awareness of eco-friendly projects in their respective fields.

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connect & protect

"As I got older, my love for the outdoors continued. And once I got to UWGB, I realized that the outdoors could be my office. My jobs have taken me to beautifully rugged places such as Montana and Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park. It is truly special to be connected to your environment and study the changing dynamics for protection of resources."

Madeline McKeefry '19
Water Quality Specialist/Lewis and Clark Water Quality Protection District

Patrick Forsythe, Environmental Science & Policy Graduate Program Chair

Want to Know More?

If you’re interested in improving our environment and advancing in a field where you can do hands-on, engaging work, reach out to us – we want to hear from you.

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