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Marci graduated from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and has been active during her time at LSSU in the Chemistry and Environmental Club, Investment Club, Pre-Professional Society, Honors Society, Alpha Chi Sorority, Learning Center, a member of the American Water Works Association and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and is a volunteer at Pathways Retirement Home. While at LSSU, she has worked at the Learning Center as a tutor and supplemental instructor, learning her advanced tutoring certification and winning the Margaret Hagg Memorial Scholarship. She was a recipient of the Ontario Honors Scholarship for four years. Marci completed her senior research by standardizing a method to fluorescently detect pharmaceuticals and personal care products in drinking water. This study helped to prepare her for her graduate studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi to conduct biodiesel research with Dr. Paul Zimba. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry, magna cum laude, with minors in Economics and Mathematics, graduating as part of the Honors Society.

Marci Leanee Savage
2010 Outstanding Graduate
Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Programs

HAZWOPER Certification, just one of the many hands-on training opportunities available for our students

Unlike larger universities, we offer a small, active, hands-on learning experience for our students where they work directly with the faculty members in the department.  Depending upon your interests, several program options are available to students who are contemplating a career in the environmental sciences.

Exciting Future

Environmental scientists utilize their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment, manage natural resources, and assist policy makers in forming good public policy. Job opportunities include careers in environmental research, regulatory agencies, private consulting firms, chemical analysis, corporate regulatory compliance, resource management and planning, pollution control/remediation, public policy, and environmental & occupational health. Employment prospects in the environmental sciences continue to be good, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 19% growth this decade.

Our Programs

Our B.S. programs offer the opportunity to specialize in any of the above areas. A faculty advisor will help you choose a course of study that will best prepare you for what ever career area(s) you are most interested in. At LSSU, our geographic location and small class sizes means that you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members both in and out of the classroom, developing hands on skills and solving real world problems.

Environmental Science: Physical Sciences Concentration

The physical sciences concentration is a well rounded option for study in the environmental sciences. Students will be well prepared across the scientific disciplines (Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Earth Sciences), for a wide variety of careers and graduate programs. This degree program contains embedded minors in Biology & Chemsitry.

Environmental Science: Chemistry Concentration

The Chemistry concentration is primarily for students interested in fate and effects of pollutants, environmental analytical chemistry, aquatic chemistry, degradation pathways of contaminants, ecotoxicology, etc. This program makes significant use of our wide variety of modern instrumentation, and can be certified by the American Chemical Society upon completion successful completion of an appropriate senior research project. Graduates of this program are well prepared for advanced study in any of the above fields. This degree program contains an embedded minor in Chemsitry, and can be certified as an ACS approved chemistry degree with the completion of an appropriate senior project.

Environmental Science: Policy & Management Concentration

This degree option is a good choice for students interested in sustainability, resource management, planning, and public policy. This program has a stronger emphasis on coursework in natural resources, GIS, political science, communications, and the social sciences than our other programs. Additionally, the directed electives offer an opportunity to select additional courses that best complement the individual student's area of interest. Students considering graduate study are best prepared for programs such as environmental policy or environmental management. With the proper selection of electives, this program is also appropriate as a pre-law degree fro students interested in environmental law. This degree program contains embedded minors in Biology & GIS.

Environmental Health

This degree option is a designed for students interested the impacts of the environment on human health, and is accredited by EHAC. Most graduates of this program go on to careers in public heath (federal, state, and local agencies), or enter graduate programs in areas such as such as human exposure, risk assessment, public health, etc. Due to our status as an accredited program, graduates are eligible to apply for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) credential through NEHA immediately upon graduation. See Dr. Wright for details on this program.

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Stay Connected

Close student faculty interaction is a hallmark of a LSSU education. A great way to get to know the faculty and other students in our programs is by joining the Chemistry & Environmental Sciences Club. Chem Club meets weekly in Huron Hall, and engages in a variety of social, professional, and service activities that range from camping, to tubing to attending ACS, AAFS, or other professional conferences, and volunteering for environmental cleanups and monitoring. For information on the Chemistry & Environmental Sciences club, visit their Facebook Page!


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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, 2632 SE 25th Avenue, Suite D, Portland, OR 97202. Phone: 503-235-6047. Fax: 503-235-7300. Email:

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Ideal Location

LSSU is an ideal location to study the environmental sciences. Our campus is located on the shores of the St. Marys River, with three of the five great lakes less than an hours drive away.

Just to the west of campus lies Hiawatha National Forest, with nearly a million acres of unspoiled wilderness, and numerous smaller, inland lakes.

To the north, lies Sault Ste. Marie, ON, with its mix of local industry abutting the granite cliffs of the Canadian Shield.

Together, these areas offer a wide variety of possible field sites. At many colleges and universities, students have to travel long distances for fieldwork. At LSSU, opportunities for hands-on field experience exist throughout the curriculum.


Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty. "I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans." [ more ]

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