The environmental field is very diverse and there are specialized environmental careers that focus on species conservation, land management, air quality, water quality, soil conservation, policy development, regulatory implementation, or public outreach and education. The environmental program at NKU was founded in the science departments, is housed within the department of Biological Sciences and focuses primarily on the scientific study of environmental problems and solutions.

There are currently two options for environmental study at NKU: 1) a B.S. in Environmental Science and 2) a minor area of study in Environmental Studies. Environmental Science and Environmental Studies are terms that are often used interchangeably but are truly not the same. To clarify, both are defined below.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the discipline that focuses on:

  1. Understanding the physical, chemical and biological principles underlying the structure and function of our environment;
  2. Understanding how, and to what extent, human activities have interfered with that structure and function;
  3. Identifying solutions to existing environmental problems while preventing further environmental degradation.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies refers to the research and science associated with human awareness within a defined environment. Classes in Environmental Studies often include developing an understanding between the relationships between humans, along with the impact humans have on their environment. Career influences include global business, negotiations, human resources, and various interdisciplinary research programs.

Questions? Contact the Director, Dr. Hopfensperger, Natural Science Center 247, (859) 572-5305,