Environmental Science

The environmental science minor at Pacific University allows students to complement their major with an interdisciplinary look at environmental issues, focusing on current science. Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of natural and applied environmental science, along with related fields in human behavior and environmental health.


  • Pair any major with a science-based exploration of environmental topics
  • Study chemistry and biology, as well as environmental politics and economics
  • Build an understanding of current issues concerning the environment
  • Opportunities to broaden experience and explore different fields in environmental studies through internships and research programs


Students who minor in environmental science at Pacific University take core environmental studies courses, along with classes in chemistry and biology. They pair their scientific studies with social science fields such as economics, health and human behavior to gain a deeper understanding of the human elements of environmental issues. 


Those who complete a minor in environmental science develop a core understanding of the language concepts and methods of environmental sciences, as well as perspectives on current issues facing the environment. No matter their primary discipline, students have a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between humans and their environment, which will suit them in careers and civic life. Our graduates work in education, health professions, policymaking and art.

Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies also offers majors in environmental biologyenvironmental chemistry and toxicology and sustainable design, as well as minors in environmental policy and sustainability. Students interested in social sciences may choose a major in environmental studies: policy, culture and society.