Environmental Science Pathway

Students should participate in the Environmental Science Career Pathway if they have an interest in careers related to the environment and if they intend to pursue a degree in environmental studies, environmental science, environmental engineering, ecology, or other related fields.


The Environmental Science Pathway will provide students with concepts to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made. In addition to the three (3) required STEM core courses, students will study the major environmental problems and issues facing society today. Topics include earth systems and resources, the living world, population biology and human population, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, impacts on the environment and human health, and global changes.

Environmental Science Protection Technicians – Environmental science and protection technicians conduct laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those affecting health. Many work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct their work and evaluate their results.

Environmental Engineers - Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists - Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

Honor Cord Requirements for the STEM Pathway

An honor cord signifying your academic achievement in the STEM Pathway will be awarded to students who complete the following requirements:

            • Completion of required and elective courses in the STEM Pathway with an overall 3.0 GPA
            • Minimum overall 2.5 GPA in all high school courses