Skip to main content

Environmental Science


Students studying environmental science at Carthage can take advantage of multiple academic programs:

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget.


ScienceWorks is a unique offering at Carthage. The program focuses on the business of science by integrating important skills such as written and oral communication, graphics and artwork, business accounting, management, and marketing. Students get hands-on experience and coursework that prepares them for the job market and career advancement.


J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which students take a single course on campus or participate in a study tour in another state or country. The Environmental Science Program has offered courses, research opportunities and study tours during J-Term. J-Term courses offered by Environmental Science professors include:

  • The Ecology of Belize with Professors Deanna Byrnes and Tracy Gartner, in which students travel to Belize to study its climate, topography, soils, forests, savannah and more.

  • Focusing on Nature: Investigating Biodiversity and Conservation with Digital Photography, in which students travel to Arizona to study biodiversity as they practice the art of digital photography.

  • Tropical Medicine, History and Ecology of Nicaragua, in which students study ecology and volunteer in rural medical clinics.

Midstates Math & Science Consortium

Carthage is a member of the 11-state Midstates Science and Math Consortium, giving Carthage students access to facilities at other schools including the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Carthage students have also presented at the Consortium’s undergraduate research symposia.

Scholarships and Funding

Giving students opportunities to do real research, guided by faculty, is a priority in the Natural Sciences Division at Carthage. The Environmental Science Program continues this emphasis in and out of the classroom. Programs like the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience give students significant research experiences that go beyond textbook projects. Students can also join Carthage’s Invasive Species Working Group, led by professors Tracy Gartner and Scott Hegrenes. Scholarships and funding for environmental research is also available through national organizations. Learn more.

Off-campus Courses and Study Tours

The Environmental Science Program seeks to allow students to weave interconnecting strands from several disciplines into a major. Therefore, faculty offer a variety of service-oriented classes and January travel opportunities. Learn more.

Internships and Employment

The Carthage Career Center and Environmental Science Program faculty offer students assistance in finding internships and summer jobs. Read tips and learn more.


Environmental science students regularly attend research conferences and meetings to present their work and learn from others. In Spring 2010, four students attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Montana to present their research. In March 2010, two Carthage students won an award for undergraduate research excellence at the American Water Resources Association Meeting. They won the award for their poster presentation on establishing a monitoring program for invasive species in Kenosha County.

Graduate School Resources

Students are prepared for both graduate study and careers in environmental fields. See tips for applying to graduate school and the top 10 Graduate School Myths.


There are several student organizations on campus devoted to environment-related community service projects. There are volunteer opportunities in the Kenosha area as well. Learn more.

Department Employment

There are several employment opportunities for students within the Environmental Science department.

  • Quick Facts