What is Environmental Science?


Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including but not limited to ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, liminology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, geography, and geodesy) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

Demand for interdisciplinary, hands-on environmental science education is on the rise, and ESI is there to meet that challenge.

Undergraduate students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with focus areas in Biology, Geology, and Geography.

Undergraduates at UT-Austin can also take advantage the University’s exceptional courses in environmental science, including the first signature course to be offered at UT-Austin: Sustaining a Planet. Of course, UT-Austin students can also pursue a Bridging Disciplines certification in the Environment, offered through the School of Undergraduate Studies.

And undergraduate students across the country can participate in ESI’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in which students design and complete their own short-term research project.

Visit the Environmental Science Institute website to learn more »

Promotion to Major

All CNS students are required to meet entry-level requirements prior to declaring a specific degree and major option. In order to meet entry-level requirements, all entry-level courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better and maintain good standing in CNS. Students must apply and be accepted to the EVS program in order to progress beyond entry-level status.  Entry-level and cumulative GPA must be 2.75 or higher.  Students must earn a minimum grade of B- in GEO 401 or GEO 303.




Environmental Sciences M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301 CH 301H
  BIO 311C BIO 315H
  GEO 401 GEO 303