In commemoration of Earth Day, Niagara University announced today the establishment of two new bachelor’s degree programs in environmental science.

The bachelor of arts program is a well-rounded curriculum, preparing students for jobs in the environmental industry, while the bachelor of science option is an excellent path for students interested in graduate programs in environmental biology and chemistry.

Both programs begin this fall.

“Every day, we hear and read about climate change, energy, pollution and natural resources, and how these topics might impact our lives,” said Dr. William J. Edwards, professor of biology and director of the new environmental science programs. “In each of these areas, environmental scientists are at the forefront of researching, analyzing, advocating and finding solutions to today’s environmental issues.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job market for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, due to increasing public interest in environmental hazards.

Niagara University’s programs in environmental science will provide students with key elements from the natural sciences, along with critical research and thinking that allows for the review of environmental issues and demands.

Through the programs, students will have the opportunity to review and analyze alternative energy systems, natural resource management, pollution control and mitigation, and the effects of climate change. Working in the state-of-the-art B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, students will have access to cutting edge research facilities. Additionally, they will collaborate with faculty and students on research projects, as well as hands-on laboratory experiments and field experiences.

For more information, please call 716.286.8250.