Academic Programs

    Environmental Science

    Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for transfer or the workplace in a variety of fields including natural resources, forestry, geographic information systems, and sustainability. We offer a variety of courses and several opportunities for students to participate in research projects in collaboration with UMD, USDA Forest Service, NASA, and others. Our graduates go on to pursue educational opportunities in the field as well as enter the workforce.

    Environmental Science at FDLTCC

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    49% of 2020-21 graduates continued their education after graduation.


    Students can explore a 2,100-acre Environmental Study area less than five minutes from the main campus


    Environmental Scientists earn a median salary of $37.51/hr in NE Minnesota.

    About the Program

    Completing a two-year degree in Environmental Science at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is the perfect preparation for advancing to a professional program at a four-year institution and a satisfying career. A two-year degree from FDLTCC provides a solid foundation for upper-division study at a four-year institution, or graduates may choose to directly enter the professional workforce.

    A broad range of courses leading to many environmental and natural resources professions is available at FDLTCC. The two-year Environmental Science curriculum will benefit students interested in the career areas listed below, as well as most other environmental-related professions: aquaculture, biology, conservation management, ecology, environmental science, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, geology, marine biology, natural science research, park ranger/recreation, pollution control, soil science, surveying, water quality, veterinary medicine, zookeeping.

    Environmental Science graduates can look forward to a steadily expanding job market. Current labor market information indicates a need for professionals trained in Environmental Science. Students seeking careers related to natural sciences and the environment may work toward an Associate of Science degree or an Associate of Arts degree with an Environmental Science emphasis at FDLTCC.

    FDLTCC Advantages

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Advantages

    Environmental Science students have the advantage of learning in state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer labs and classrooms. FDLTCC has established an Environmental Institute on campus to coordinate research projects and educational opportunities related to environmental science.

    In addition, FDLTCC conducts field research on the 2,100-acre Environmental Study Area, an area of wild land located less than five minutes from the main campus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Science Center of Excellence on campus provides learning, work, and research opportunities for students entering environmental fields.

    Students have liberal access to computer resources while enrolled at FDLTCC. Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A certificate or degree from FDLTCC is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

    For people who already have some college experience, it may be possible to complete the program in less time. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours, providing the opportunity to create a flexible schedule. Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses at FDLTCC.

    Environmental Institute

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College created the Environmental Institute concept on campus to actively promote the educational and cultural growth of the community in studies covering natural resources and the environment. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College uses the Environmental Institute in environmental resource areas to follow all points of the College’s mission and coordinate ongoing education, research, outreach, and other activities. This emphasis allows Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to fulfill its status as a United States Land Grant Institution by “being a people’s college and solving problems which benefit people.”

    The Environmental Institute is determined to be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Visit the Environmental Institute’s Facebook page for current happenings.

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    FDLTCC students have extensive opportunities to participate in Fond du Lac Band, NASA, US Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Minnesota, and more.


    Through the Environmental Institute work study program, students are engaged in multiple evolving research projects that provide the skills, knowledge, and leadership to pursue higher educational degrees.

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    My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

    It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

    I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.