Environmental Science & Sustainability

Pond Research
Type of Degree: Major, Minor

Explore the human impact on natural resources and systems. By studying the relationship of difference fields, you’ll be at the forefront of scientific discovery and get to work on the greatest challenge facing our planet.

There is an increasing demand for careers that tackle the complex issues such as climate change, waste management, resource availability, biodiversity and pollution in society. As a freshman at Heidelberg, you’ll be in a lab working with your professors – not graduate or teaching assistants. You’ll also have access to over 200 acres of natural area for study and research, including three nature preserves, a conservation farm, two rivers, and a campus research pond.


National Center for Water Quality Research

Commissioned by the U.S. Congress, the National Center for Water Quality Research, is an internationally renowned water quality laboratory. The Center employees full-time Ph.D.-credentialed researchers involved in chemical, biological and hydrological studies. NCWQR programs center on the collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data necessary for improved water resource management. Students also have the ability to intern at the facility during the school year or summer.


We work hard to ensure any interested student is placed in a professional and experiential internship. Our students have worked for various departments of health, Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Sandusky River watershed coalition, Toledo Sight Center, National Institute of Health, various research facilities, as well as the National Center for Water Quality. 

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 


  • Water Conservationist
  • National Parks Wildlife Ranger
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Entomologist
  • Geologist


Sara Thomas

Sara (Creque) Thomas ‘99

Aquatic ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) Lake Michigan Biological Station. Heidelberg’s well rounded education helped her succeed in a position that asked her to be flexible.

There’s such a variety in my position because I’m involved from the beginning. It’s rare to be able to write proposals, carry out the field and lab work of collecting data and then also have a hand in publishing the data. Working on Lake Michigan was my dream job. I’m doing what I love. Heidelberg helped me get here.


Below is a sampling of courses offered in environmental science. For more information, see the major requirements.

  • Physical Geology
  • Field Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Soils and Groundwater
  • Geographical Information Systems

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at admission@heidelberg.edu or 419-448-2330.

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