Environmental Science Program

The Environmental Science Program

The Environmental Science Program consists of the Environmental Science Area, Environmental Science Minor, and the Campbellsville University Environmental Science (CUES) Internship Experience.  The Environmental Science Area at Campbellsville University does not require a minor and provides the individual with a rigorous yet flexible science curriculum along with an interdisciplinary study of contemporary environmental topics.  Students may pursue the Environmental Science minor with either an applied environmental science emphasis or an environmental studies emphasis. The applied environmental sciences emphasis is intended for Biology or Chemistry majors while the environmental studies emphasis is intended for non-science majors.

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A Rich Learning Landscape

Imagine a learning environment where theory, process and example leap off the page as you participate in labs, field excursions or research projects at Campbellsville University‚Äôs own Clay Hill Memorial Forest (CHMF) or the nationally recognized Green River.   Clay Hill Memorial Forest was established in 1996 and is composed of serene mature woodland, restored prairies and developing hardwood restoration sites.  The site is used for field labs for courses such as ecology, entomology, ornithology and conservation biology.  Many students conduct or assist with undergraduate research projects at the Forest.   The beautiful Green River is nationally recognized for its rich natural heritage and biodiversity.  Numerous state, federal and non-governmental organizations are involved in efforts to better understand and more effectively manage this resource for future generations.  CU students are often exposed to the work of these partners and to the river ecosystem through classes like Ichthyology, Conservation Biology, or Environmental Chemistry.  Numerous students have conducted or assisted with undergraduate research associated with the Green River. 

Many upper division environmental science students qualify to participate in the Field Studies in Biology courses which offer opportunities to study topics like Tropical Ecology, Coastal Biology, or Natural History of the Upper Green River.  These topical studies include a chance for the student to further immerse themselves in the subject matter with visits to sites like the University of Puerto Rico Field Station and the El Yunque National Rainforest or the University of Georgia's Sapelo Island Field Station and National Estuarine Research Reserve or extended visits into the upper Green River watershed including Clay Hill Memorial Forest and Mammoth Cave National Park.

What is an Environmental Scientist?

Environmental scientists are problem solvers who use a unique set of skills to assess the complex interactions between humans and their environment and provide sustainable solutions regarding the use of air, land and water resources.  Careers vary widely and range from environmental consultants, environmental policy makers, wildlife biologists, ecologists, environmental biologists, conservation biologists, or environmental technicians and engineers.  Most environmental scientists work for government agencies, non-profit organizations or industry.  Our program integrates the biological, physical and social sciences as well as a number of electives from which students can choose based on their specific interests within the field of study. 

What Have our Students Done?

Students in the CU  Environmental Science Program and/or participants in the CUES Internship Experience have gone on to pursue graduate studies in such varied fields as environmental policy, marine ecology, environmental health and environmental science.  Others have gained employment with entities such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, non-profit environmental organizations and the toxicology industry.

Environmental Studies Internship

The CU Environmental Studies (CUES) Internship Experience is a competitive opportunity offered to CU Environmental Science majors interested in professional careers including but not limited to the fields of  natural resource management, wildlife/conservation biology, environmental engineering or environmental management. This paid internship is intended to provide the recipient with hands-on learning opportunities in the environmental study area as a complement to the student’s academic experience. Working alongside professional biologists, ecologists and natural resource professionals from the region, the intern will be exposed to multiple real-world experiences in the field of environmental studies.  The CUES Internship is offered in two tracks- The Natural Resource Management Track and The Environmental Management Track.

CUES Intern Reflections

"The CUES internship created lasting connections with professionals in my area.  I feel like I had a step above other applicants after college because of my experiences during the internship.  It was a summer I will never forget and I am so grateful for the opportunity." - Joanna Ashford (2008 CUES 1st Intern), Environmental Technician, Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

"Little did I know at the time of my internship that I would be working with some of the same people and agencies in my current career. Overall, the CUES internship was a priceless experience that I will always treasure!" - Andrea O'Bryan (2009 CUES Intern), Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

"The CUES internship not only gave me a head start on meeting qualifications when applying for a job I am passionate about, but it also provided knowledge and skills that I have been using in the workforce ever since." - Amy Etherington (2009 CUES Intern), Marine Mammal Biologist (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission), UNCW Marine Biology Graduate Program.

"The CUES experience not only gave me real-world experiences by putting classroom concepts into practice, but it also gave me contacts with whom I am in regular communication with to this day.  I would highly recommend that any environmental science student participate in this experience."-  Scott Blakeman (2013 CUES Intern), University of Kentucky Public Health Graduate Program.

What CUES Intern Partners Say

"Wes's time was valuable to us and we appreciate his work and effort.  I greatly appreciate CU's efforts to provide us with very capable summer interns and hope to continue this program in the future."  Environmental Control Supervisor, Kentucky Environmental Protection Cabinet.

" Tomorrow night Wes and Cody are hiking to Colossal again to help with bat counts and Wednesday morning is bird banding.  Thanks for always sending us such good students."  Education Coordinator, The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.

Environmental Science Scholarships

White Scholarship
Howell Scholarship

To apply for these scholarships you must first have applied for and been granted admission to Campbellsville University.

You may contact the Office of Admissions concerning admission and the Financial Aid Office for further information about general scholarship opportunities. The Scholarship Committee of the Division of Natural Science reviews applications for scholarships in the sciences. If you are interested in applying for a natural science scholarship you should contact the Chair of the Division of Natural Science, (270)789-5250.  If you are interested in the Campbellsville University Environmental Studies Internship, George Howell Scholarship or the Ted White Scholarship contact the Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Richard Kessler, at rkkessler@campbellsville.edu.


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Environmental Science Program Course Requirements

Additional Links 

CUES Internship Docs

George W. Howell Environmental Scholarship Announcement

CU in the Field Archives