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What types of Colleges or Universities offer classes on Environmental science? (Or Environmental science research if possible)

Hey, I'm David. I am 16 years old and am looking for colleges or Universities that focus on research rather than hands on.#Environment #environmental-science #Ecology #environmental-services #research

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Rachel’s Answer

Hi David- To find what you are looking for, I suggest that you explore programs offered by large research university rather than a small liberal arts programs. The larger universities have the ability to allow professors to spend the time pursuing research questions in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Look for schools located in environments that you find interesting. You can also search university web sites to explore the research that is being conducted. Some schools may also have programs that enable students to pursue a research question as part of the degree.
While I was getting my undergraduate degree I was able to get a summer research job with one of my professors. This was an amazing and invaluable experience that helped me to figure out what my interests were.
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Vern’s Answer

When you say "environmental science research," I assume you mean research that will help to improve environmental quality. Environmental quality progress relies to a large extent research in the basic sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, land management) Regarding an undergraduate degree you should be looking for a university that has strong basic research programs. Once you have that basic educational foundation you will be better positioned to identify a university where you can pursue the environmental area of interest.

For example, if you are interested in doing research related to improving air quality you would likely pursue chemistry with some classes on environmental quality or air quality management. I use chemistry as an example because it can be applied to green product formulation, combustion research, or atmospheric chemistry.

Note environmental research is not for the most part about identifying problems as it is about changing human activities that create the problems. We have known about the problem of GHG emission for about 50 years. The key to eliminating the problem is finding an alternative to fossil fuel consumption (solar, wind) or at least efficient consumption of fossil fuels (LED bulbs).
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Kerrie’s Answer

A majority of the larger universities offer environmental studies of some sort. I see you are in WA. UW, WSU, WWU all have great programs. The UW also offers a 2-year wetland certification.
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Angela’s Answer

Hi, I went to the University of Virginia (UVA) and we had a Department of Environmental Sciences. You could do Environmental Science as your major or minor as an undergraduate student, focusing on the research aspect, while there are also opportunities for you to make some actual impact by participating in different events or joining certain groups.
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Kaitlin’s Answer

Hey David -

Lots of large Universities especially state schools have Environmental Science programs with a focus on research.
I'm familiar with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln program and have heard great things about the research opportunities available. I would suggest looking at websites for Universities you are interested in and seeing if they offer an Environmental Science program.

http://snr.unl.edu/undergrad/majors/envr_rest/
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