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.
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!
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.
- BS Environmental Sciences
- Physical Sciences Concentration
- Chemistry Concentration
- Policy & Management Concentration
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.
A degree in the chemical sciences continues to be a good educational investment, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a median salary for chemists of $69,700 per year. A recent study of new college graduates showed that chemistry majors have among the best employment prospects, and some of the best starting salaries within the scientific disciplines.
- Analytical Chemist
- Inorganic Chemist
- Synthetic Organic Chemist
- Physical Chemist
- Pharmacy & Medicine