Environmental Studies Major

Studying the impact that humans have on the environment, and the impact that the environment has on humans requires a wealth of knowledge in many fields.

In the Environmental Studies major you will be able to tailor your degree to fit your own area of interests. You will take classes in the natural sciences, the social sciences and even literature during your quest to understand your place in the environment. Our students are actively engaged in environmental leadership. Whether it is planning Earth Day Celebrations, participating in stream clean-up projects, or working on habitat restoration projects Ozarks Environmental Studies students make a difference.


Degree Outcomes

Student can work for the National Parks System, the U.S. Forest Service and a variety of non-profits.

Student can also become environmental lawyers. 

Student have the opportunity to do research projects from studying sea turtles to studying the Buffalo River.


The University of the Ozarks is proud to have the first and only sustainable agriculture program in the state.  The goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet the food and fiber needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. The sustainable agriculture minor at the University of the Ozarks is an integrated curriculum including coursework, practical experience and community involvement. While pursuing this minor you will learn the tenets of Sustainable Agriculture. You will create a viable business plan and work with community organizations or local farmers, to create a strategic plan. You will complete an off-campus internship on a farm or with an organization supporting sustainable agriculture. And, you will do all this while enjoying lots of time with fellow students in the University’s Food for Thought Garden growing food to sell at the local community farmers market and to donate to local schools for children facing food insecurity at home.

Degree Outcomes

After completing this program students have pursued graduate education in horticulture.

Students have been employed by food justice and education NGOs.

Students have also gone to culinary school to pursue a career in a farm to restaurant operation. 

As a student who minors in psychology, you will complement your major by integrating the scientific, behavior and social domains of psychology to understanding human behavior.  You will learn how people cognitively process their personal and business relationships through group process interactions and brain science approaches with experience gained through laboratory and clinical service.  The primary goal for our students is to help you choose a career that provides opportunities for you to have a productive and meaningful life.

Degree Outcomes

You will learn the science of human behavior and apply it to any career in fields such as criminal justice, human services or business management.

Developing critical thinking skills in psychology courses such as social psychology will aid you to effectively evaluate the quality of the source and potential bias of information and aid in any profession such as being a case manager or communications relationship director.

Becoming familiar with psychological concepts, language and theories will create opportunities for you to professionally communicate with others in any professional field and especially as a case worker, art therapist, social worker, teacher or sports psychologist.

Mathematics is a field that will enhance and complement any other area of study.  The ability to critically think and problem solve is an advantageous skill for anyone and a minor in mathematics will promote and build this talent.

Degree Outcomes

A minor in mathematics can open doors with future employers and is a strong and useful component for gaining an advantage in the job market.

Students with majors in areas such as business, economics, and finance can bolster their resumes with a minor in mathematics.  This additional benefit will be an attractive feature with many future employers.

The ability to problem solve and think critically is a vital skill in any area and with this aptitude coming from a quantitative perspective, then it might prove just the touch to grab that much sought after position in your major field of study.

The Health Science minor provides a broad introduction to the physical, psychological and economic impact and importance of healthy living. This minor is designed to be  comprehensive to allow students to experience the entire range of health topics to better serve their educational interests during their time in college and after they graduate.

Degree Outcomes

The blend of introductory and advanced courses helps guide students' interest in a variety of fields ranging from social work, disease research and community health.

A common step for many graduates is to continue their education at Exercise Science and Community Health graduate programs.

Courses prepare students for Allied Health Professions programs (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, etc).

Studying the impact that humans have on the environment, and the impact that the environment has on humans requires a wealth of knowledge in many fields. In the Environmental Studies major you will be able to tailor your degree to fit your own area of interests. You will take classes in the natural sciences, the social sciences and even literature during your quest to understand your place in the environment. Our students are actively engaged in environmental leadership. Whether it is planning Earth Day Celebrations, participating in stream clean-up projects, or working on habitat restoration projects Ozarks Environmental Studies students make a difference.

Degree Outcomes

Students choose from a wide range of career paths and can work for a variety of organizations including the National Parks System, non-profits, and environmental lawyers. 

While at Ozarks, they have pursued internships and studies abroad from traveling to the Maasai Mara to internships in outdoor adventure and hospitality in Ireland. 

They have participated in research projects from studying sea turtles to studying the Buffalo and White Rivers.

“Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals and chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things.” American Chemical Society (ACS)

The term chemistry is not only limited into beakers and laboratories. It is all around us, and it is in our daily lives. Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves series of chemical reactions and interactions in our body. Since ancient time, whether we realize it or not, chemistry has influenced the life of everyone. Why the sky is blue, why we cry when we cut onion, why coffee keeps us awake, and what happens when we fall in love are some of the examples of how chemistry affects our lives as human beings. The more we understand about chemistry in our lives, the better we know our world. If you are curious about the different natures of chemical compounds and their application in real life, major in chemistry!

Training in chemistry blends descriptive, conceptual, and mathematical elements in both lectures and laboratory work. The chemistry program at Ozarks offers students the opportunity to develop not only their chemical knowledge that are central to physical, chemical, and biological nature, but also to sharpen their analytical ability. Our program gives our students an opportunity to study the five areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry. These areas provide a unique perspective into chemical problems which will coalesce into a deeper understanding of the chemical world. Courses are a mixture of lecture material and laboratory experience which will combine qualitative and quantitative analysis to solve problems.

Degree Outcomes

Students will have opportunities to work on undergraduate research projects directly with their professors.

The program prepares students to thrive in various career paths, including health, pharmacy, research and development, and academia.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate school.

The minor in Biology offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of science, and gain basic biology concepts and knowledge. The required upper-level courses provide more depth in a subject or more variety. A minor in biology complements well many majors such as Environmental Studies, Political Science, Business Administration, Art or Philosophy. Or you might minor in biology just because it is so much fun. Biology is the science of life, so it’s always everywhere anyone lives.

Degree Outcomes

Hospital administration (business administration), Game Warden (criminal justice), Environmental organizations and activism (sociology)

Government Environmental and Healthcare agencies (political science)

Medical and Veterinary Illustration (art), Naturalist (literature and photography)

As a student in the University of the Ozarks psychology program, you will learn the traditional theoretical, empirical, and applied areas of psychology. We will offer you opportunities to enrich your understanding of behavior, cognition and emotions through collaboration with faculty on research projects, as well as applying your understanding though service experiences in the community. We will prepare you to meet the academic standards required for graduate work in any number of areas (counseling/clinical, social work, neuroscience, etc.). A bachelor's degree in Psychology also provides a foundation to thrive in a number of areas of work and life such as: business, teaching, healthcare, coaching, family dynamics, relationships and ethical decision making.

Degree Outcomes

Students receive orientation, training and education in the Scientist Practitioner model of psychology proposed by the American Psychological Association.

Students develop research and practice skills to prepare them for graduate school in psychology, education, clinical/counseling settings and neuropsychology.

Students develop a better understanding of the relationship between their intrapersonal and interpersonal adjustments in their personal lives and work goals.

The field of mathematics opens up a wealth of opportunities in a wide variety of professional and career paths for students.  The faculty members of the Mathematics Department at the University of the Ozarks provide innovative, high quality instruction to their students.  The excellent student-to-teacher ratio allows personalized instruction with individualized attention in order to better equip students with the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in their chosen careers.  The progression of courses consists of a well-planned mixture of pure and applied mathematics to give a broader and deeper understanding of the discipline of mathematics.  Some of our students tailor their career goals by the addition of a second major and/or minor(s).  This would be an attractive option in fields such as biostatistics, financial management, analysis, and statistics, among others.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates are pursuing careers in industry, government, insurance, banking, software development, and financial management.

Students are entering the teaching field in mathematics education after graduation.

Students pursue graduate school for engineering, computer science, mathematics teaching at a college level, or mathematical research.

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