UNM Los Alamos

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Are you fascinated by the natural world? Are you concerned about the future of our planet? A degree in Environmental Science allows you to explore the amazing planet that we call home while pursuing a lucrative career.

About the Program

This degree provides the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or Earth and Planetary science at UNM Albuquerque. The background provided in our classes also prepares you for some technician jobs in environmental testing and remediation. Our small class size and personalized attention builds a strong base for you to succeed in whatever discipline you choose. The hands-on labs and research opportunities prepare you for future classes and exciting jobs in environmental science.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Environmental Science are both rewarding and challenging. These lucrative jobs allow you to make a positive impact on our planet. While most environmental scientists work in the field and lab, many also work to change policy and educate people on the environmental problems facing our planet. You can explore some possible career options here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/home.htm. This site will provide job descriptions, salary ranges, education requirements, and job growth projections.

Possible jobs:

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Geology Technicians
  • Geographers
  • Petroleum Technicians
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Geoscientists
  • Forest Rangers
  • Cave Specialists
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Oceanographers
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Related Faculty

  • Dawn Venhaus – Department Chair, Chemistry and Environmental Science Faculty
  • Tom Beach – Astronomy Faculty
  • Leslie Dendy – Biology Faculty
  • Mike McNaughton – Physics Faculty

Contact Information

Dawn Venhaus
Department Chair
(505) 662-0345
dvenhaus@unm.edu