Cool Major of the Month

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment; focusing on pollution and degradation of the environment due to human activities and the impact of local and global development on biodiversity and sustainability. If you have a love for the Earth and are interested in and concerned for its future well-being, then the Environmental Engineering and Science program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks may be for you!

The “cool” benefits of Environmental Engineering and Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF):

  • The combination of laboratory work, classroom lectures, and research provides a rich learning experience that prepares students for work in consulting firms, academia, industry or government agencies.
  • Graduates are working in environmental decision-making, engineering design, assessment, and implementation throughout the world.
  • Choose from three different areas of concentration including:
    • Water supply, wastewater and waste treatment
    • Contaminants in the natural environment
    • Environmental Science and Management
  • Career opportunities include working in the areas of:
    • Water supply, treatment, and distribution
    • Waste treatment
    • Water and air pollution
    • Solid waste disposal
    • Hazardous and toxic waste management
    • Pollution prevention
    • Environmental impact evaluation
    • Administration of environmental programs
    • Regulatory compliance

Programs Offered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

There are two degrees offered through this program:

  • A Masters of Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (ENVE) for students who already have an engineering degree.
  • A Masters of Science in Environmental Quality Science (EQS) and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. for students with a background in the natural sciences.

Program Requirements:

For the Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering program:

  1. A B.S. in Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or better from an ABET accredited institution or equivalent;
  2. The equivalent of a UAF course in basic computer techniques;
  3. If an international student, a minimum TOEFL score of 575 for the paper test or 213 for the computerized test.

For the Masters of Science in Environmental Quality Science graduate program:

  1. A B.S. in a Physical or Natural Science with a GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited institution or equivalent;
  2. The equivalent of one year of UAF courses in calculus and chemistry, and one semester in basic computer techniques;
  3. If an international student, a minimum TOEFL score of 575 for the paper test or 213 for the computerized test.

How to Apply?

Please visit www.uaf.edu/admissions/apply for information on the admission process and send all necessary documentation to:
Office of Admissions
216 Signers’ Hall
Fairbanks, Alaska
99775-7480

Other Schools Offering Education Degrees:

U.S.

  1. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, www.ou.edu.
  2. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. www.caltech.edu.
  3. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, www.drexel.edu.
  4. Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, www.semo.edu.
  5. GateWay Community College, Phoenix, AZ, www.gatewaycc.edu.

Canada

  1. Memorial University of NewFoundland, St. John’s, NL, www.mun.ca.
  2. University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, www.ucalgary.ca.
  3. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, www.umanitoba.ca.
  4. Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI, www.hollandc.pe.ca.
  5. Fanshawe College, London, ON, www.fanshawec.ca.

International

  1. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, www.murdoch.edu.au.
  2. Oxford University, Oxford, England, www.geog.ox.ac.uk.