Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The environmental science major includes areas of study and research in air quality, hydrology, geoscience and overall physical environment. The department aims to maintain instructional excellence to improve opportunities for students and faculty participation and professional growth through the use of our state-of-the-art facilities located in the department. Careers in the environmental sciences are in demand in both the public and private sectors and a number of the jobs available are extensive. 

The Iowa Limestone Producers Association presented its Educational Achievement Award to UNI's department of earth science in 2012.


It is helpful for environmental science majors have the following courses completed before transferring to UNI: General Biology: Organismal Diversity General Chemistry I Precalculus Introduction to Statistics Contact the department head with any questions.


The Hydrology Lab

The hydrology lab was newly built in 2008 with a generous grant from the Iowa Carver Foundation to facilitate hydrology teaching and research of faculty and students at UNI. The facility is capable of supporting analytical needs of geology, earth science, biology and environmental science students in areas of water quality. The lab has state-of-the-art equipment including a DX-120 Ion Chromatography System with an AS40 Auto-sampler and a workstation equipped with Chromatography Management System (CMS) software called Chromeleon. The lab also has a Shimadzu RF-5301PC Fluorescence Spectrometer for dye tracing in groundwater and an Armfield S11 groundwater flow simulation system.

The Iowa Geoscience Education Information Network (IGEIN)

A collaboration effort between UNI, the Geological Society of Iowa and the Iowa Limestone Producers Association, IGEIN has been created for students to explore and learn from an online setting. The site contains information and opportunities geared toward assisting Iowa's teachers and students learn from Iowa's landscapes and geology. 

Carver Lab
Carver Lab

Following a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, UNI will soon have a new environmental analysis classroom and laboratory to support the growing environmental science program. The lab will have industry-standard equipment and will provide students the opportunity to work with faculty in research.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Water Quality


Natural Resource Management


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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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