Environmental Science

Inver Hills Environmental Science students  take field trip to Vermillion River to study macroinvertebrate aquatic life

Program Overview

Housed primarily within the Biology department, our Environmental Science curriculum is taught by faculty with wide-ranging expertise and experience.

Benefiting from small classes and hands-on labs, you will work closely with accomplished instructors with proficiency in the relevant science as well as a commitment to your success both academically and professionally.

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Why Study Environmental Science at Inver Hills?

Explore life for a living.

Encompassing a massive array of disciplines both basic and applied, the life sciences can be defined as the study of life. Career paths in the life sciences include biochemist, microbiologist, industrial pharmacist, environmental scientist, wildlife biologist, and food scientist for starters.

Gain hands-on, real-world research experience.

We offer myriad opportunities for field and lab work. Our faculty supervise student research projects both on and off campus. We have active scientific studies on our own campus, including environmental monitoring and restoration programs in our 40-acre natural area.

It’s not just an education, it’s an adventure.

We partner with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other organizations to provide research and learning opportunities in state parks and other locations. We offer trips to Malaysia and Puerto Rico where you can get the chance to protect coral reefs and collect data for international university studies.

Find your perfect environment on campus.

As an environmental science student, you’ll get to collaborate with fellow students, faculty, and staff on projects designed to give Inver Hills a sustainable campus. Potential projects involve the Inver Hills Community Garden and Orchard and proposed Unity Trail. Inver Hills was the first community college in Minnesota to be certified as a Bee Campus USA.

Protect our one and only planet.

Environmental science illuminates the best ways to conserve the Earth’s resources and ecosystems. Human overpopulation and consumption threaten not only our own survival, but also the lives of the estimated 8.7 million animal and plant species sharing our fragile globe.

Solve the toughest problems of our times.

Studying environmental science gives you the tools to face down BIG challenges. Take your pick from desertification, deforestation, pollution, waste disposal, endangered species, climate change, overdevelopment, water scarcity, and so forth. The list isn’t getting any shorter.

Turn your passion for the wonders of life into a baccalaureate degree.

Completing your A.S. in Environmental Science equips you with courses and credits that transfer to a four-year program in the same discipline or a related life science major such as wildlife management, ecology, plant and microbial biology, genetics, cell biology, and more.

Environmental Science Career Paths

Saving our Earth is job one.

Delving into the life sciences gives you dynamic access to numerous career field options, including biology, botany, zoology, medicine, biotechnology, ecology, genetic engineering, and much more.

If you’re passionate about learning everything you can about life, Environmental Science at Inver Hills is your portal to success.

Abigail Owings Environmental Science student at Inver Hills Community College.
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