“We cannot solve the problems that we have created with the same thinking that created them.”
– Albert Einstein

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Environmental Studies

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MISSION STATEMENT

Recognizing that the study of the environment transcends the realm of the natural sciences, the mission of the Environmental Studies Program is to provide students with:

  1. the capacity to understand the scientific, social, economic, ethical, and political dimensions of environmental system.
  2. the opportunities to explore the environment through the creative imagination as inspired by the literary, visual, and performing arts.
  3. the ability to influence environmental policy decisions and social change.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Environmental Studies course work will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Understand fundamental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities underlying environmental thought and governance.
  • Integrate and apply perspectives from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
  • Communicate integrated perspectives on complex environmental problems in the form of written and oral argument to both professional and lay audiences.
  • Design and conduct independent research that contributes to environmental thought and/or problem-solving.

The Environmental Studies Major Requirements

The Environmental Studies Major Planning Sheet

Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to serve students with wide-ranging backgrounds and interests in the environment.

The Environmental Studies Minor Requirements

 

Environmental Science

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MISSION STATEMENT

Recognizing that Earth’s resources are finite and that an understanding of environmental systems requires innovative and multidisciplinary approaches that account for the interconnectedness between people and the planet, the mission of the Environmental Science Program is to provide students with:

  1. a strong foundation in the natural sciences that prepares them to work as environmental scientists;
  2. a comprehensive environmental curriculum that includes scientific, social, economic, and ethical dimensions; and, the capacity to develop solutions to environmental challenges from local to global scales.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Environmental Science course work will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Collect and interpret scientific data in both field and laboratory settings.
  • Integrate information from across the scientific disciplines and apply these concepts to complex environmental problems
  • Identify the complex relationships between scientific approaches to environmental issues and political, social, economic, and ethical perspectives on the environment.
  • Identify the complex relationships between scientific approaches to environmental issues and political, social, economic, and ethical perspectives on the environment.

The Environmental Science Major Requirements

The Environmental Science Major Planning Sheet

Environmental Science Minor

The Environmental Science Minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to serve science and engineering majors, as well as students of other disciplines interested in environmental careers or environmental matters.

The Environmental Science Minor Requirements

The Environmental Science Minor Planning Sheet