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Beyond the Classroom

Your education as an undergraduate major or graduate student in our department is a culmination of experiences- some in a classroom, some in a laboratory, some outdoors, and some in a social setting. On this page, you'll find links to information about a variety of organizations, projects, and research going on in the Department of Environmental Science.

Lake Waco Wetlands
This 180-acre wetland provides a rich environment for the development of a great many species such as amphibians, birds, insects and mammals. Wetlands are among the most biologically productive ecosystems in the world and are often compared to tropical rainforests and coral reefs in the diversity of species they support.

Baylor Wastewater Reuse Research Program
BWRRP is a unique experimental facility providing a platform for basic and applied water quality and reuse research. Located within the Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System (WMARSS) and adjacent to the NSF International Onsite Test Facility, BWRRP is a test bed for traditional and innovative resource recovery technologies. Source waters for BWRRP include tap water, final treated effluent or municipal influent, which can be returned to following experimental studies for final treatment and discharge under the WMARSS NPDES permit.

Baylor's Community Garden
Baylor Environmental Science Department, Family and Consumer Sciences and Community Engagement and Services were instrumental in the development and advisement of the Baylor Community Garden located at 9th and James near the Baylor campus. Campus and community partners are committed to relieving and ending local hunger through community urban gardens. A special focus has been placed on sustainable water-use technologies as sustainable technologies are being designed and tested by students at this site. Results produced will provide new interactive educational opportunities to train and assist other organizations with community gardens. Baylor’s Campus Kitchen Project maintains and harvests crops that help provide food for the hungry in Waco and surrounding areas.

Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research Facility
The intention of the BEAR facility is to bridge the gap between field observations, which represent the habitat of interest but may be influenced by many interacting chemicals or other aquatic stressors simultaneously, and laboratory or small field experiments, which allow for control of environmental variables yet are too small and unrepresentative of natural conditions to be realistic.

Cameron Park

Cameron Park Site showcases joint research between Baylor University and the City of Waco on the Brazos and Bosque River Corridor Plan, the Cameron Park Zoo, and Baylor student research.

  • The Department of Environmental Science in cooperation with other Baylor programs has sponsored a number of student research projects, including masters' thesis projects in Cameron Park. Environmental Sciences laboratory courses utilize Cameron Park as a study site.
  • This web page provides access to educational materials developed for Baylor students and for the public, and to scientific data related to the Park and to the Brazos and Bosque River corridor.
  • In addition, this website posts faculty authored articles, student authored theses and management plans, and documents prepared by government agencies.

Informed Engagement

Professional Society Leadership

Baylor Wastewater Reuse Research Program

Study Abroad Opportunities