Your future in Ecology for Environmental Science

Ecologists increase our understanding of the natural world and potential environmental impacts. The knowledge ecologists provide is used by other scientists, teachers, policy makers, citizens and managers.

With a bachelor’s degree in this area, you could have a career as a(n):

  • Field or research technician
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Outdoor educator
  • Park naturalist
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Wildlife biologist

Job opportunities are expected to grow substantially during the next several years, especially in private companies and non-government organizations. Your bachelor’s degree also can provide the foundation for advanced graduate degrees in Ecology and related disciplines.

What we offer

The Ecology for Environmental Science degree program will expose you to a wide range of courses and facilities that focus your understanding from an ecological perspective. You will also gain experience with applied aspects like ecotoxicology.

Faculty members are active researchers in many fields including:

  • Aquatic and terrestrial ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Contaminant effects on freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Wildlife biology

The program utilizes resources from multiple departments across campus, including the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Department of Geography. Among the other resources are well-equipped analytical and biological laboratories, UNT’s Sub-Antarctic Field Research Station in Chile and the UNT Water Research Field Station. These resources provide additional research possibilities available only to UNT students or allow for hands-on experience.

What to expect

Your course work will focus on advanced biology, chemistry, physics, math, geography, economics, technical writing and philosophy. You will learn about:

  • Biological diversity and how ecosystems work, including organismal life history, conservation and how to apply your knowledge to address environmental issues facing our society
  • Developing and managing sustainable communities
  • Public environmental education