Environmental Science & Sustainability

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.


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. 

Melanie is earning a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Marine Sciences through the Gifford Marine Microbiology Lab. She's using the genetic information of marine bacteria to study the carbon cycle and working with the NASA/NSF project, EXPORTS (EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing).
Melanie Cohn '19

My professors played a huge role in helping me get where I am. They helped me with practical skills in the lab and field, and they were also mentors who took the time to help me find my interests and pursue opportunities to explore science. They encouraged me to do research, attend conferences, volunteer and teach. Taking advantage of these many opportunities gave me a diverse background to draw from.



Below is a sampling of courses offered in environmental science.

  • 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 [at] heidelberg.edu or 419-448-2330.

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