The Environmental Science Program at A&M-Corpus Christi is designed to serve environmental science majors, science majors from other fields interested in adding to their knowledge of the environment, and interested non-science majors. The university offers the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science, an undergraduate Minor in Environmental Science, Secondary Teaching Certification in Earth Science, Life-Earth Science, or Physical Science, and cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for students earning degrees in related fields such as the Master of Public Administration (Environmental Science Track). In addition to formal coursework and research opportunities, opportunities exist on campus and in the professional community for students to gain practical experience through internships and cooperative work-study agreements with local government, state and federal agencies, or private industry.
As an environmental science student at A&M-Corpus Christi, you'll enjoy small specialty classes and diverse laboratory and field experiences. Environmental science facilities include biological, geological and map collections as well as a wide array of field and laboratory equipment. A satellite ground station and image processing lab permit remote-sensing studies. Four-wheel drive vehicles, boats, and camping equipment support field operations. The Natural Resource Center is home to several A&M-Corpus Christi research centers which afford students access to modern laboratories where they may participate in environmental research.
In addition to traditional coursework and lab exercises, A&M-Corpus Christi students experience hands-on learning in nontraditional settings. Students gain valuable work experience as research assistants at A&M-Corpus Christi research institutes and centers. Some students earn college credit through volunteer internships with local state or federal agencies, or private industry. Agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have offices on the A&M-Corpus Christi campus. Students may also conduct directed independent study on a research project of their own design. Finally, unique opportunities exist for careers in environmental education. The Gulf Coast Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching links A&M-Corpus Christi faculty and students to outreach programs at the Texas State Aquarium and the U.S.S. Lexington Museum-on-the Bay, affording real-life experience in educating the next generation about environmental science and the impact of human activities on Planet Earth.