Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science in environmental science focuses on the application of biological, chemical and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems. This program examines subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation, the interaction between human society and the natural environment, and natural resources management. Faculty members teach biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics and mathematical modeling.

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Breanna Mathes

Mirna Jacinto Ramirez

Young woman wearing glasses and smilingThanks to the environmental science program, I have gotten to have a lot of hands-on experiential learning. Since I started freshman year, most of my labs have been out in the field working with either resources on our campus, like the Tusculum wetland or College Creek, or alongside the U.S. Forest Service. Both have given me the insight of working in a conservation and restoration environment. Through my internship with Avanti, I was able to work within a lab setting, which is completely on the opposite side of what I have been used to, but I enjoyed it very much.

From my personal experience, our faculty have been great mentors who are always eager to help. I am very thankful for my academic advisor of three years, I have received multiple good letters of recommendation for research programs, internships and organizations from him. My academic achievements have not only been due to my hard work,but also thanks to the wonderful support of our faculty.

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Students will learn field techniques necessary for successful job placement or graduate school placement. They will foster internships and research opportunities for developing hands-on skills and critical thinking.

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Students will practice environmental sustainability by creating and maintaining an arboretum and pollinator gardens for the community, participating in Tennessee Tree Day and by promoting environmental stewardship for all.

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We promote and support internships (United States Forest Service, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Brights Zoo) for students. We also incorporate field experiences into our courses.

Program Success

Tusculum students Joe Calloway and Breanna Mathes discovered a potential new crayfish species on campus.


Tennessee college students may have found a new crayfish species – The Washington Post



Graduate Schools and Job Placements:

Clemson University 

National Park Service:  Great Smoky Mountains

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Game

Appalachian Environmental Resources 

Municipal Wastewater Industry



U.S. Forest Service (two paid ones available per year for TU students)

Brights Zoo

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

Ionic Water


Grants and Fellowships:

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – Cleanup Grant, $1000

Appalachian College Association faculty fellowships

Ledford Scholars awards for students from the Appalachian College Association

McNair Fellows


Scholarly extracurricular: Clubs and Societies

  1. Science Club – Jordan Baker, faculty advisor
  2. Conservation Core – Susan Monteleone, faculty advisor