Environmental Science

Environmental Science at Harper College

"We must recognize that we're all part of a web of life around the world." - Gaylord Nelson, environmentalist and founder of Earth Day

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of environmental science and protection technicians, scientists and specialists ranged between $41,000 and $61,000 in May 2010.
  • Employment of environmental science and protection technicians, scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 19-24 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Protect the Environment. Fight Pollution. 

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment by analyzing environmental problems and developing solutions. Many environmental scientists and specialists work to reclaim lands and waters that have been contaminated by pollution or work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water.

Others assess the risks new construction projects pose to the environment and make recommendations to governments and businesses on how to minimize the environmental impact of these projects. They also identify ways that human behavior can be changed to avoid problems such as the depletion of the ozone layer.

Choose the Program That Meets Your Goals

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Available majors for bachelor's degree completion at four-year colleges or universities may include:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Geography - Environmental Studies
  • Earth, Society and Environment