Environmental Science

Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of natural and applied environmental science, along with related fields in human behavior and environmental health.


Scholarship, Research and Internship Opportunities

Students in the Department of Environmental Studies conduct research in local communities, including the coniferous forest of the John Blodgett Arboretum, the riparian corridors of the Gales Creek and Tualatin River watersheds, and the 300-acre Fernhill Wetlands. Pacific’s B Street Farm, less than one mile from the Forest Grove campus, also provides a hands-on research and learning lab for students. Regionally, there are many exemplary resources available within a one- to two-hour drive from campus, such as the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Tillamook and Willapa bays and the forests of the Coast and Cascade ranges.  


Current Scholarships Available

Please contact Pacific University's faculty representation, Kevin Johnson, to apply.

Current Research Available

  • PRISM Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics - Apply, Find out more!
  • 2014 EPA Great Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental StudyOpen Date: 04/10/2014 - Close Date: 05/27/2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications for the GRO Undergraduate Fellowships program. It is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally-related fields of study, with the goal of providing support for their junior and senior years of study, and an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. College sophomores should apply now in order to be eligible to receive financial support for their junior and senior years. Subject to the availability of funding and other applicable considerations, EPA plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships in the summer of 2014. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.

    The GRO Fellowships program is in line with the EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities. The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state, and community levels.

Current Internships Available

Students will have opportunities to use what they learn in the real world through internships. Internships aren’t required but are a great way to strengthen skills and build a strong resume.

Audubon Society of Portland
The Environmental Careers Organization
Oregon Zoo
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
REU-Marine Science at Oregon Coast

Current Fellowships Available

The Department of Energy Computatonal Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF).  This program provides up to four years of financial support for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that utilize high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. http://www.krellinst.org/csgf

Off Campus Summer Research Opportunity in the Natural Sciences

The following is a listing of off-campus summer undergraduate research opportunities, typically for the summer between your junior and senior year. These are usually paid positions (a general stipend ranging from $2000- $5000) and typically run 8-10 weeks in length. Room, board, and travel expenses are variable. They are opportunities to work in a research lab at state universities, private universities, government labs, and private corporation laboratories. Opportunities exist across the country and are a great way to get valuable research experience, both to list on your curriculum vita and to help you determine if you are interested in a career in research.

This list shows programs available nationwide. Contact Chemistry Department faculty members if you are interested in one or more. These opportunities are competitive and have application deadlines ranging from late November to February and early March.

University of Washington Environmental Health Summer Research Program

Dates: June 23 – August 22 2014 in Seattle, WA
Stipend: $5,200
Application Deadline: February 14th 2014

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs

EPA Research Opportunities

Oregon Sea Grant

Yosemite Research Training in Environmental Science

REU Independent Research in Ecology, Millbrook, NY