Becoming a Park Ranger with an Environmental Science Degree

park-ranger-environmental-scienceAn Environmental Science Degree program, leading to work as a Park Ranger, is one viable option for students to take.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Requirements

Students in this program will usually be required to establish a working knowledge of the following topics: physics, statistics, economics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and geography. The student is encouraged to pursue electives within their specialization, focusing on a select topic within environmental science. The student often majors in one of the “core sciences” such as biology, chemistry, geology, or physics.

Coursework

The coursework for Environmental Science will usually involve introductory/intermediate level courses in each of the natural sciences, mathematics, as well as social science courses. Elective courses are usually focused on more theoretical or project-based approaches. Students will often complete summer research projects, or an honors thesis, before their senior year is finished.

Employment

Employment opportunities for recent graduates with a B.S. in Environmental Science are excellent, especially with regards to going the route of working as a park ranger.

An environmental science degree is the perfect start for many in beginning work successfully as a park ranger.

Specialties within environmental science often include the following:

  • Environmental Policy: A degree in environmental policy focuses on the creation and maintenance of legislation and regulations pertinent to the governance of our natural and man-made environments. Environmental policy degree holders often go into careers that, along the way, involve the creation and upholding of environmentally-minded legislature.
  • Environmental Studies: The subject of Environmental Studies often involves the human and social aspects of environmental complexities. Environmental studies programs will require a solid foundation in the sciences.
  • Environmental Management: A degree in environmental management will prepare an individual to properly maintain the world’s precious natural resources. The management focus of the environmental management degree involves the business and managerial aspects of natural resources. Your role as an environmental manager involves making informed decisions that are based on business and economics, but also a solid background in natural science.

Other Career Options

Graduation from an environmental science program can lead not only to a great career as a park ranger, but also one of the following areas that may be of interest to you as you develop your career:

  • conservation
  • urban planning and development
  • education
  • natural resource management
  • renewable energy
  • agriculture
  • sustainability