A photo of the lake at the wilderness field station

Environmental Science

Maddy Jensen

On the right path

Maddy Jensen ’17 completed a chemistry/environmental science major while at Coe. She was a member of the first class of the University of Iowa’s Sustainable Water Development graduate program and received an NSF-funded fellowship for her work there. She is following their “civic engineer” path and will be interning with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Why Environmental Science at Coe?

Coe's environmental science program prepares you for a successful career in the field by providing significant depth in both chemistry and biology. The challenges of developing bioremediation techniques for hazardous waste sites, understanding the biogeochemistry of nutrient-enriched streams or forecasting the effects of land-use changes on natural systems demand a deep knowledge of the sciences. You will have opportunities to apply the knowledge you acquire in the classroom and laboratory to the type of complex challenges you will face after leaving Coe. 

More reasons to choose Coe:

  • State-of-the-art equipment including several global positioning systems (GPS), a geographic information system (GIS) laboratory built on ArcMAP, ion chromatography (IC), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and an anaerobic glove box for microbial studies.
  • 5-10 summer research fellowships each year funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, city of Cedar Rapids Water Department, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and Coe.
  • Coe's Wilderness Field Station, located in Minnesota's Boundary Waters, offers a unique opportunity to explore a pristine, unfragmented wilderness.
  • Research-rich laboratories built into every class.