The Environmental Science BS is an interdisciplinary degree program that provides the student with a very well-rounded background in the sciences. Students complete a sequence of courses in biology, geology, chemistry, and mathematics and combine this with classes from geography and economics in order to gain an understanding of the nature of environmental problems and the socioeconomic factors that influence them. The capstone for this major is the Senior Research Seminar in which students gain experience with studying actual environmental issues and methodologies to resolve them.
The Environmental Science Program provide opportunity for students to choose a specific concentration within the B.S. in Environmental Science.
- Applied Ecology
- Environmental Geochemistry
Description of concentrations
Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, citizens’ organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments.
- Climate Concentration: Global climate change is a major challenge of this century. This Environmental Science Climate Concentration establishes the science and tools used to assess our changing climate and opportunities to mitigate its impacts on human societies and environmental systems. Students completing this Concentration will understand the essential attributes of resilient environments, infrastructure, and sustainable resource management.
- Applied Ecology Concentration: Environmental problems are among the most urgent issues facing our civilization. The Environmental Science Ecology Concentration offers interdisciplinary coursework in biology, geology, chemistry, and mathematics and combines this with classes from geography and economics to explore the relationships between living things and their environment.
- Hydrology Concentration: Water is fundamental to life, but humans are altering the water cycles in ways never before measured. The Environmental Science Hydrology Concentration offers coursework in geosciences, biology, chemistry, plus hydrology to train students in environmental monitoring approaches for tackling environmental problems. Students in this track are prepared for careers in environmental consulting, government agencies, and water resources research.
- Environmental Geochemistry Concentration: Anthropogenic activities have disrupted natural geochemical cycles and introduced contaminants that may affect the environment and human health. Students completing the Environmental Geochemistry Concentration will 1) understand fundamental principles that control the composition and reactions of water and materials in the environment; 2) learn and practice methods for collection and interpretation of geochemical datasets; and 3) integrate such datasets into broader pictures of environmental change.