Environmental Sciences at SIUE
The mission of the environmental sciences program is to cultivate students’ perspectives of environmental issues and provide students with refined knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional and global scale. The program will increase the student’s technical competence in addressing and analyzing these issues, their origins, ramifications and resolutions. The environmental sciences program at SIUE is designed to enhance and promote professional education and career opportunities in a wide area of interests.
Faculty from several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences provide mentoring, direction and instruction. Practicing professionals also lend their expertise to this program. A close relationship is maintained with industries and environmental agencies so that both students and faculty members can incorporate real-world issues in their studies and research.
The program offers challenging environmental research opportunities, which may be related to the campus, home, municipality, business and industry, state or federal government, consulting firms, and various advocacy groups. The program has access to a variety of instrumentation, such as an atomic absorption spectrometer, an Inductively-Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer, computer access to Geographical Information System, several gas and liquid chromatographs, a mass spectrometer, nanoparticle analyzer, carbon-nitrogen-sulfur analyzer, a variety of sampling equipment (automated water samplers, low and high volume air samplers, several soil and sediment coring devices) and a LI-COR 6400 photosynthesis system. In addition, the program has several field sites for long-term environmental monitoring studies, including recently developed experimental filter strips and restored Oak Savannah Prairie.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Science in Environmental Sciences
- Master of Science in Integrative Studies - Applied Environmental and Communication Studies
- Master of Science in Integrative Studies - Sustainability
- PhD in Environmental Resources and Policy, a cooperative program with SIU Carbondale
- Environmental Biology
- Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Policy and Public Administration
- Environmental Technology and Assessment
Students completing the graduate program in environmental sciences have career opportunities with governmental agencies, private industries, consulting firms and educational institutions. Areas of responsibility may include environmental field or laboratory research and analysis, environmental policy and law, environmental remediation, solid and hazardous waste management, groundwater pollution control, water management, air quality management, environmental and ecological risk assessments, and restoration environmental engineering. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations in the United States.