Environmental Restoration ScienceCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Students interested in this major will receive a variety of classroom and field experiences to help them develop the skills needed to become environmental scientists.

All students majoring in Environmental Restoration Science will receive a thorough understanding of the soil-water environment, environmental regulations, toxicology, environmental sampling, and restoration techniques.

Because environmental problems are complex, the environmental scientist will often work with interdisciplinary teams to find solutions. In fact, many environmental consulting firms and government agencies commonly employ both scientists and engineers to work hand-in-hand on various restoration projects (soil, surface water, groundwater, and habitat).

Students interested in Environmental Restoration Science can choose between the Soil Science or Lake and Stream Restoration Option.

Career Opportunities

The job market for environmental scientists is growing. Careerbuilders.com recently projected "Environmental Scientist" as one of the top 25 jobs. In this announcement, environmental scientists were defined as individuals who measure and observe air, water and soil to identify sources of pollutants, and recommend the best ways to clean and preserve the environment. Some of the careers include environmental consulting and remediation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agricultural business and industry, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Control, U.S. Forest Service, international development, natural resources districts, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly U.S. Soil Conservation Service), Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, soil and water conservation districts and soil testing laboratory positions.

The NEBRASKA difference

Environmental restoration science majors at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have access to many hands-on learning opportunities and have close contact with professors, an academic advisor, and other staff members. Students will be able to participate in independent study projects, internships, and summer employment programs. Students will also want to meet often with your assigned academic adviser for help in planning your education.

In all programs for environmental restoration science majors, professors emphasize contact with students and high-quality teaching. These resources will help you define your educational goals and reach your full potential.

Internships / Clubs

Nebraska students have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural, and political interests. Involvement in any of these organizations builds leadership, communication, and organizational skills, and helps you make new friends with similar interests. As an Environmental Restoration Science major, you may be particularly interested in the Soil and Water Resources Club, which is a student chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, or the Agronomy Club as well as the Soil Judging Team.

Alumni / Faculty

Faculty in the Environmental Restoration Science program conduct research and advise students in addition to their teaching responsibilities. To learn more about the program's faculty, please see this link: http://snr.unl.edu/undergrad/programs/envressci/faculty.asp

Current students and alumni of the Environmental Restoration Science program are accomplishing great things. Learn more about their specific projects and careers at http://snr.unl.edu/undergrad/programs/envressci/meet.asp


The School of Natural Resources is located in Hardin Hall, a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's East Campus. The complex houses three lecture rooms, two teaching laboratories, three teaching computer labs, a student computer lab, a student services center and numerous research labs. In addition, the Environmental Restoration Science program has research laboratory space in Kiesselbach Crop Research Laboratory.