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Environmental Science

School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering

Degree Overview

The Environmental Science degree program is designed for students who wish to receive a comprehensive environmental science education for the purpose of research into and management of Earth's natural resources, and for promotion of environmental protection of these resources for public health and welfare.


  • William F. Thomann, University of Texas at El Paso, Doctorate in Geological Sciences, Professor
  • Mr. Alejandro V. Garcia, Texas A&I University - B.A. Degree, University of Houston–Victoria, M.E. Degree, Mississippi State University – Certification in Broadcast Meteorology, Senior Lecturer
  • Mr. Larry Peabody, Texas A&M University - B.S. Degree, Lecturer
  • Mr. Larry H. Eblen, Texas A&M University – B.S. Degree, Lecturer

Curricular Opportunities

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program which prepares students for entering a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate programs in pollution abatement, conservation, environmental assessment and education. Government, industry, and private research groups provide entry level positions for environmental scientists.

A student graduating from the Environmental Science program may find employment with local, state, or federal agencies that deal with the protection, management, and regulation of natural resources. Such agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and other state and federal employers. Students may also find employment with private firms and companies involved with environmental engineering and environmental consulting that includes assessment, remediation, and environmental law. In general, graduates employed in the public or private sector may work on diverse projects such as surface and ground water pollution, soil contamination from hazardous wastes, disposal of hazardous and nuclear wastes, urban development and expansion, remediation and cleanup at Superfund sites, identification of potential geological hazards, and conservation of biodiversity.


The Environmental Science program offers a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a general Environmental Science minor for non-science majors. The program provides a comprehensive liberal arts education with a unique core curriculum connected with a broad-based and in-depth education in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.

Course Work in the Sciences and Mathematics

Environmental Science
Research in Water Quality
Research in Soil Conservation
Physical Geology or Oceanography or Meteorology
Environmental Geology
Air Pollution Meteorology
Physics I and II and Labs or General Physics I and II and Labs
Biology: Introductory and Upper-division Courses
Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
Upper-division Electives in Biology or Chemistry or Geology or Meteorology
Precalculus and Calculus I (or Introduction to Probability and Statistics if General Physics option is chosen)

Total hours for degree: 121


Dr. William F. Thomann
Environmental Science, Geology, and Meteorology
School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO #311
San Antonio, TX 78209

Telephone: 210-829-3972
Fax: 210-829-3153

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