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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental science concentration

The environmental science concentration focuses on the biological and chemical aspects of environmental sustainability.

Solid and challenging coursework in natural sciences prepares students to work on such issues as biodiversity and loss of species, pollution and toxicology, land use and degradation, waste management, resource depletion and energy consumption, climate change, and alternative agriculture.

Students focus on “traditional” environmental science courses from the disciplines of ecology, chemistry and physiology, but also learn the interdisciplinary nature of environmental research and issues while working with sociology, economics, and development professors.

Students may compete for Kauffman-Miller Research Awards, up to for $2500 for summer research supervised by EMU faculty. 

Classes address local and global sustainability issues and include hands-on research projects. During a required internship, students work with a local environmental organization such as Shenandoah National Park, The Nature Conservancy or the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.


  • Prospective students may be eligible for the  EMU STEM Scholars Engaging in Local Problems (SSELP) grant, up to $10,000. Learn more about departmental scholarships.
  • EMU has offered close to $1 million in academic merit scholarships collectively to students with outstanding academic achievement. 
  • Academic scholarships range from $12,000 to $20,000 per year and are renewable for four years depending on academic performance.
  • EMU students are eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Need-Based Grants as well as student loans.
  • Virginia students may be eligible for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).
  • Learn more by contacting  EMU's Financial Assistance Office or checking out our cost of attendance calculator.