Redefining the Classroom

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.

100% placement rate for graduates entering the workforce

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 or the Examination to obtain the Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada), following completion of the required practicum.

Most graduates of this program go on to careers in public heath (federal, state, provincial, and local agencies), or enter graduate programs in areas such as such as human exposure, risk assessment, public health, etc.

Note: This program is designed for students interested in the impact of the environment on human health, and is accredited by EHAC in the United States, and CIPHI in Canada.

Why are Students Choosing LSSU?

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.

At LSSU, we have excellent resources to support your education, ranging from our collection of standard field sampling equipment (multi-parameter sondes, professional GPS receivers, ponar dredges, Van Dorn bottles, plankton nets, Hi-Vol samplers, etc.), to our suite of chemical instrumentation, to our fully featured GIS lab for mapping and spatial analysis.

Ideal Environment

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.

Outside the Classroom

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 professional conferences, and volunteering for environmental cleanups and monitoring. For information on the Chemistry & Environmental Sciences club, visit their Facebook Page!

Living Learning Community

Many of the club members also choose to live in the historic Huron Hall Living Learning Community. In addition to a convenient location across the lawn from Crawford Hall (and next to the Library!), Huron Hall features large bedrooms, full kitchens, a library/study lounge, a full screen projector (with cable TV), and WiFi internet access.

Internship Opportunities


Internships are very useful for developing skills and gaining additional research or practical experience. For interested students, a faculty member can help place you in an internship, or guide you in applying for a summer research program. Many of our students also work in our Environmental Analysis Lab, which provides paid student internships and in a professional laboratory environment. Interested students should contact Ben Southwell for more information.


Career Options

The quality of a LSSU education is demonstrated by the top flight graduate and professional schools our graduates attend, such as: MIT, U.C. Berkeley, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins, UNLV, Texas A&M, Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Ohio State, Toronto, Oregon, etc.

Following the completion of their bachelors degrees, many of our students choose to pursue a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.), which is generally required for a career in environmental research. Our students have an excellent record of admission into some of the top graduate programs in the country. A faculty advisor will help you to select a program and prepare your application materials, and maximize your chance at being admitted to your program of choice.

Other students graduate from LSSU and go directly into the workforce. Our graduates work for a variety of federal, state/provincial, and local government agencies, industry, private consulting, and education institutions.

Annual starting salaries of US LSSU Graduates typically have ranged from $37,000 - $45,000 over the past 5 years.

  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Environmental Scientist