environmental science

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College of Natural Resources
phone: (208) 885-8981
toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
fax: (208) 885-5534

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Environmental Science

Make a Difference

The quality of life in tomorrow's world hinges on our ability to understand the world around us and to provide solutions to important environmental issues. These issues are complex because they are about the natural environment and impacts of humans who live in and depend on that environment. You can make a difference in tomorrow’s world by pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, a field with relevance today and into the future.

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An Interdisciplinary Education

The University of Idaho Environmental Science Program provides you with a comprehensive education in the hows and whys of environmental problems and ways of solving those problems. Doing so requires integration of many relevant disciplines such as biology, chemistry, ecology, economics, engineering, geography, hydrology, soil science, philosophy, physics, political science, and sociology. This makes the Environmental Science program interdisciplinary.

The Environmental Science Experience

The UI Environmental Science Program is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary program on campus. Since it began, the program has grown to 170 undergraduates and more than 90 graduate students, including M.S. and Ph.D. students. Most of our graduates (>95%) find employment in their field or choose to continue their education. In addition to degree programs in Moscow, the program also offers the B.S. degree at UI Centers in Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene, and M.S. degrees at a distance using live instruction, video, and the Internet. 

The Environmental Science Program created the University of Idaho Sustainability Initiative in 2006. This program is changing the way courses are taught, as well as the way faculty, staff and students experience campus life. Our students are active in the UI Sustainability Center, the Environmental Club, research, and much more.

Online & Distance Learning

Learn about our distance education options, including two online graduate degrees! More