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Ecology and Environmental Science (B.S.)

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Make a positive environmental impact with a degree in ecology and environmental science.

Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment. Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of how the earth works, how we interact with the earth and how we can deal with the environmental problems we face.

Most students enrolled in this major are planning careers with state and federal natural resource agencies, consulting firms and industry. Many go on to pursue graduate degrees in conservation, ecology and environmental science.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working outdoors.
  • Enjoy working with plants, animals and their habitats.
  • Enjoy working with others to resolve ecological questions and environmental issues.
  • Like the idea of a career in lab and/or field-based science.
  • Find research or teach.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental consultant
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Research scientist

Recent Employers

  • State and municipal departments of natural resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Private consulting firms
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Internship Opportunities

  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Coteau Environmental Consulting
  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  • South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.