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Environmental Science

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Coastal Studies at Cape Hatteras, NC

Coastal Studies at Cape Hatteras, NC

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.

Environmental Science Area

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Environmental Sciences Minor
A Rich Learning Landscape
Data collection on Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park.

CU alum Victoria Decker collecting data on the Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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’s 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 Ethics class at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Environmental Ethics class with Dr. William H. Martin at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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.

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.