Environmental science is an interdisciplinary study across the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences, the School of Earth and Sustainability and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. It involves the study of the scientific and socioeconomic factors implicated in the biggest challenges facing our global environment.

At UMass Amherst, you’ll learn how to meet the challenges of creating a safe and healthy environment and how to recognize and control the effects of pollution and environmental stress on ecosystems.

Together with prominent faculty, you’ll seek practical solutions to complex environmental problems by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries. You’ll integrate and apply knowledge from areas of basic science, economics, and policy to address problems caused by ecosystem degradation and the physical alteration of the environment caused by chemical contaminants from industrial activities, agriculture, food production, and inadequate resource management.

A degree in environmental science can lead to a wide array of environmental employment opportunities, ranging from regulation and enforcement to conservation an