Environmental Sciences

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Center for Sustainable Environments


Physical Sciences Building, room 119

NAU, PO Box 5694, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5694





Department Chair

Rod Parnell  



Undergraduate Information

You may pursue the following academic plans in NAUís Department of  Environmental Sciences and Education:  


Our academic plans provide a technically rigorous introduction to the environmental sciences, preparing you for a career in research, industry, education, government, public service, or law and to compete successfully in graduate and professional schools.  


NAUís academic plans in the environmental sciences provide a solid foundation for entry-level jobs in environmental fields and prepare you for graduate programs in science, education, law, or policy. All environmental science majors take a series of interdisciplinary core courses, usually team-taught by scientists with different backgrounds and specialties, providing you with a broad perspective on environmental issues.


You choose an academic plan in environmental science from one of eight disciplines: applied geology, applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, environmental communication, environmental management, environmental administration and policy, and microbiology. Environmentally focused courses in these disciplines deepen your understanding of environmental processes from the more specific perspective of a particular academic area. An integral part of our program is an internship or research experience with a faculty researcher, governmental agency, environmental organization, or private company. Our fieldwork and research course allows you to search for solutions to real problems while working with professionals, acquiring important experience, and making connections with potential employers.


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Graduate Information

You may pursue the following programs in environmental sciences:  

We offer the M.S. in environmental sciences and policy to provide advanced education for scientists and managers in the interdisciplinary environmental sciences.  


Our certificate program in conservation ecology is designed to prepare conservation professionals to meet the technical, cross-cultural, and policy challenges of conservation initiatives.  


We designed these programs to help you understand the complex interactions between the natural world and human society. Through this program, you learn to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries and to become skilled in integrating interdisciplinary science and policy issues.


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