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    If you’re passionate about nature, and have strong science and math skills, you can put those skills and interests to good use with an environmental science major. By the time you graduate, you’ll understand the issues involved in protecting the environment. Environmental scientists typically work on projects related to degradation, conservation, recycling and replenishment. It makes sense that waste management, power generation, recycling and other industries hire graduates with an environmental science major. You may get involved in cleaning up pollution, advise on policy, or work with a specific industry to reduce waste.

    The bulk of their job, however, is done in a lab or office, though they may spend some time in the field collecting samples or monitoring conditions. Rachel Carson—who had worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, authored Silent Spring, which was published in 1962 and showed the effects that pesticides were having on the environment—was instrumental in the banning of DDT. The curriculum contains a variety of science courses: environmental science, climate history, physical geology, ecology, atmosphere and weather, coastal processes, and resources and the environment.

    Some graduates pursue a master’s degree, which is required to work in research or in a teaching capacity.

    • Columbia University in the City of New York

      Columbia University in the City of New York Save

      West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Founded in 1754 as Kings College, Columbia needed a new name when students like Alexander Hamilton won the American Revolution. Benefitting from the Manhattan Renaissance of the past 20 years, Columbia now has single-digit selectivity. Its long commitment to the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Brown University

      Brown University Save

      One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
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      By contrast to Columbia's curriculum that includes courses required of all students, Brown has long offered the most open-ended Ivy program, with self-designed study leading to concentrations rather than traditional majors. The "choose your own adventure" ethos may contribute to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Washington University in St Louis

      Washington University in St Louis Save

      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Pomona College

      Pomona College Save

      550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
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      The most selective of California's Claremont Colleges, Pomona deserves its place amid the top liberal arts colleges in the nation; however, it does have distinct differences from the others in the top handful. Not as intensely competitive in intercollegiate athletics ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Williams College

      Williams College Save

      880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
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      Since 1793, Williams has been a superb liberal arts college with a particularly strong program in fine arts that somehow all but retired the Sears Cup, given annually to the most successful Division III athletic program in the nation. Rural ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Notre Dame

      University of Notre Dame Save

      400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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      Catholic priests were on their way to found a college in California when they came upon a lake in Indiana, prayed, and decided Notre Dame had her home. Its Golden Dome has been famous since Knute Rockne's football triumphs of ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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      The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Barnard College

      Barnard College Save

      3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on its own campus, with its own faculty, library, dorms, dining hall and student center, Barnard is also part of Columbia University. Women fortunate enough to be accepted here thus have access ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Virginia-Main Campus

      University of Virginia-Main Campus Save

      1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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      Founded and originally designed by statesman, scholar and architect Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has the heritage and pedigree of the nation's finest private institutions, with the funding and admissions realities of a flagship public institution. Given that the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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