Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture


Course Information

Basic Sciences

Soil Science
Geographic Information Systems

Supporting Courses

Environmental Law
Environmental Economics


Specialization Tracks

Land, Air and Water Resources

The Land and Water Resources Track provides additional coursework in biology and chemistry, and is outstanding preparation for a career in Environmental Science or for graduate education.

Discipline Specialization

This track fosters a focused educational experience with the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to individual interests through the selection of an approved minor or second major. Examples of approved focus areas include biology, business, chemistry, forestry, geology and spatial science.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Bachelor of Science in environmental science is one of the earliest environmental science degree programs established in Texas and provides a solid foundation for a career in the dynamic field of environmental science. The program is jointly supported through the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and the College of Sciences and Mathematics. This integrated partnership provides considerable faculty, facility and equipment resources for students.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to understand and address the complex environmental challenges facing modern society. Courses include basic sciences, like biology and chemistry, and applied science subjects like geographic information systems (GIS), soil science and hydrology. Supporting courses in subjects such as environmental law and environmental economics round out the curriculum. Finally, numerous field and laboratory experiences provide students with a hands-on educational experiences not often found in many educational programs.

The program is structured to maintain flexibility and allows students to focus on aspects of the field that are of particular interest to them. The degree program maintains two specialized tracks, each of which provides excellent career opportunities for graduates. The Land and Water Resources Track is a rigorous, science-based curriculum that includes additional coursework options in biology, limnology, microbiology and chemistry, and is an excellent option for students who desire a more science-intensive curriculum. The Discipline Specialization Track allows students to personalize their own curriculum by pursuing individual interests through the selection of an approved minor or second major.

The environmental science degree program at SFA is continuously reviewed and updated to ensure the curriculum maintains its relevance and rigor. To do so, employers and alumni are regularly consulted to ensure the program reflects the needs of this dynamic profession.

The Bachelor of Science in environmental Science curriculum and specialization tracks can be viewed and downloaded through the following links.

Environmental Science Curriculum Overview

Land, Air and Water Resources

Discipline Specialization

Students in the program are also strongly encouraged to join the SFA chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). Participation in the Association provides opportunities for professional growth and opportunities to meet professionals in the field.

Students in the Division of Environmental Science are eligible to apply to the outstanding scholarship program of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Additional scholarships are available through the University and SFA Alumni Association. Awards are based primarily on academic merit. Some of the scholarships are specifically awarded to deserving incoming freshmen and transfer student applicants.

If you would like more information concerning our Environmental Science program and scholarships, please contact Dr. Kenneth Farrish, director of the Division of Environmental Science at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (936) 468-2475. Additional information about admission and financial aid procedures can be reached through the SFA link below.