What is a recommended major to pair with an environmental science minor?
I am a rising sophomore in college who has declared an environmental science minor, however I am uncertain with regards to what major would best fit an environmental science minor. #environmental #environmental-services
Fred N. Rubel, M.S., QEP
Fred N.’s Answer
All of the prior comments are very good. Majors that I would suggest that might be of interest and complementary to a minor in environmental sciences might include, chemistry, biology, ecology, engineering (especially civil or sanitary engineering), health sciences/occupational safety, business, economics, depending on what your school offers. Good luck with that!
There are a number good parings with an environmental science minor. If you're STEM inclined statistics, biology, chemistry, geography (GIS focused), geology, plant and soil science, or civil/environmental engineering are excellent major choices that are likely to open the most doors for you after graduation. You can also find meaningful work with majors such as English, landscape architecture, political science, and communications. The exciting thing about environmental science is that it crosses over into many disciplines so there's really no limit to what you can combine it with. If you search "environmental scientist" in LinkedIn that can help tgive you an idea about the educational background of many practitioners in the field.
Having gone through a rigorous curriculum in environmental engineering, I would very strongly recommend you to pick something like biochemistry or microbiology for your major. Both microbiology and biochemistry are absolute fundamentals for developing a comprehensive understanding of environmental sciences. I would also suggest that you browse through the curriculums for both subjects and see what excites you more.
Hope this helps. Good luck with everything!