Environmental Science, B.S.

Explore our natural world through community-based environmental projects

In USJ’s B.S. in Environmental Science degree program, students will be able to identify and use technologies and scientific methods for both field and lab-related environmental research, and critically analyze interdisciplinary environmental issues. Students will be able to communicate complex environmental information to various audiences through writing, digital, and oral presentations. 

Graduates from the program will be ready to start their careers in a growing field. USJ’s community partnerships with local environmental organizations provide students opportunities to engage in hands-on learning experiences, field work, and internships. Potential employers include the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Connecticut River Conservancy, and National Audubon Society.

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Community Partnerships

USJ’s community partnerships with local environmental organizations provide students opportunities to engage in hands-on research, field work, and internships.

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Environmental Science


USJ’s B.S. in Environmental Science provides students with a collaborative interdisciplinary with focus on:

  • Community-based projects
  • Regional partnerships
  • field and laboratory environmental research
  • Real-world environmental experiences

Career Opportunities

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that environmental science jobs will grow by 5% between 2021 and 2031 and have a median annual salary of $75,000 or more.
  • Potential careers and professions:
    • Wildlife Biologist
    • Water Quality Scientist
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Natural Resource Manager
    • Environmental Policy Analyst
    • Environmental Lab Technician

Community Project Highlights

  • Research activities with the Park River Watershed Association included a tour, discussion, water collection, and clean-up of a section of the Park River
  • Participation in the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Connecticut River Samplepalooza to collect water samples from the Connecticut River, Scantic River, and Park River for a testing lab in Vermont
  • Conduct bioassessments of stream benthic macroinvertebrates at Salmon Brook Park in Granby, CT in order to determine water quality and stream health  
  • Physical assessments of river conditions in the Scantic River  
  • Exploring shoreline habitats 

Why Environmental Science?

“Environmental science is a diverse field with many different career options… The launch of the new Environmental Science program celebrates the many ongoing projects and partnerships with local and regional environmental organizations. Students interested in the environmental science field will gain ‘real world’ experience working on environmental projects, and will be able to provide service to communities while learning the skills they will use in their future careers.” 

-Dr. Kirsten Martin, Associate Professor of Biology


Kirsten Martin, Ph.D.
Program Director of Environmental Science
Associate Professor of Biology
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5385

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