Welcome to the Department of Environmental Sciences

Senior Story: Scarlet Knight Spirit – Erica Weber (SEBS '20)

Erica Weber was interviewed about her experiences concerning the wide array of topics that is Environmental Sciences. Climate change, soils, water, air, hazardous and solid waste, and even toxicology are representative of the variety of the Environmental Science major.

During her interview with Newsroom staff, Erica said how much happier she was being an Environmental Science major here at SEBS, and her future plans. Read more!

The Environmental Science Graduate Program is proud to announce the creation of a 4+1 BS/MS program in Environmental Science!

Rutgers boasts one of the top Environmental Science undergraduate programs in the United States. Now our undergraduates will have the option of continuing their education by pursuing a one-year MS degree. Advantages of this new program include:

  • Earn your BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science in a total of five years.
  • Current Environmental Science majors can begin the program during their junior year.
  • Apply to and potentially be accepted to the MS graduate program without taking the GRE as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Continue research projects begun as an undergraduate and develop them in MS projects.
  • Want even more education? MS students can apply to enter the PhD program contingent on funding.

Interested? Click here for more info. Contact the graduate program director, Dr. Rodenburg (lisa.rodenburg@rutgers.edu) in room 348 of the ENR building.

News & Events

Rutgers astrobiology course explores possibility of alien microbes on other planets and moons

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out. One of them is Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University — New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Read More!

In the news ...

LED Lighting in Greenhouses Helps But Standards are Needed
Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops. Read more here.

Assistant Professor – Environmental Engineering Atmosphere and Air Quality Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in environmental engineering working at the interface of atmospheric science, air quality, and sustainability.

For more information, click here.

New course offering with Spring Break Costa Rica trip

Explore the challenges facing tropical environments and people. Participating in hands-on research, students will investigate the interface between the undisturbed environment of La Selva and its increasingly disturbed surroundings.

In-semester lectures with a one week-long immersive field experience to La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

Get more information!

New undergraduate course offering this Spring 2020

11:375:474 (11:628:47) – Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World – Dawson and Sikes:
Coastal environments are dynamic zones where terrestrial and marine environments meet. They are highly productivity regions of intense biogeochemical cycling that are increasingly challenged by anthropogenic changes including: Sea level rise, ocean acidification, and eutrophication. We will explore 4 coastal environments from the poles to the tropics while building skills in analysis software.

Find out more!

"Legacy" Mercury Pollution Still a Problem in New Jersey Meadowlands Waters

Rutgers-led study shows the impact of decades-old upstream contamination. Read more here.

Read this article about accelerating changes in the climate and growing concerns. Scientists at the Rutgers Climate Institute are evaluating the peril on many fronts.

Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Bestows Award of Excellence on NJAES Team Led by DES Professor. Leading the team was A.J. Both, extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with Robin Brumfield, extension specialist in the Department of Agriculture Food and Resources Economics. Read More.

George Van Orden honored by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee

Dr. George Van Orden, 3 time department alumnus (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and frequent Part-time lecturer in multiple courses including Biological Principles of Environmental Science (11:375:201) and Environmental Toxicology (11:375:407) is being honored by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee on October 17. In addition to numerous other awards during his career, Dr. Van Orden has also received the 2010 George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Cook Campus Community Alumni Association. A documentary movie (River's Journey) featuring his contributions to the Whippany River's dramatic recovery was released in 2014.

New 5-Year Combined B.S./M.S. Program ...

The Department of Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies, at its December 2017 Faculty meeting, approved our proposal for a new combined 5-year (4+1) B.S/M.S. program in Bioenvironmental Engineering BEE)! This exciting new program will provide a seamless pathway for qualified engineering undergraduate students to earn a Masters Degree in an expedited manner by taking graduate courses in their Senior Year. Additional advantages of the program include a streamlined application process as well as a waiver of the GRE requirement.

A detailed program description can be obtained at the program's website.

For further information, please contact Prof. Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E., Graduate Program Director, BEE, or Prof. Uta Krogmann, Ph.D., P.E., Undergraduate Program Director, BEE.

Weather Radar on Our Campus! ...

Visitors from NBC Universal joined faculty and students from SEBS and the Meteorology Undergraduate Program to celebrate the new weather radar on our campus. This celebration was featured on WNBC as shown here.

Storm Chasers ...

students taking photos of a storm

Students experienced a new 3-credit course taught by Steve Decker. The "Severe Weather Field Trip" was featured on Rutgers Focus. Steve Decker's storm chasing class allowed student to predict, observe, and analyze storms with the goal to understand the dynamics and thermodynamics that lead to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth.


Centennial Celebration of Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences

The Centennial Celebration of Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the fall.