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Environmental Studies

DEGREE
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

CONCENTRATIONS
Environmental Science
Environmental Policy

MINORS
Environmental Science
Environmental Policy

The Environmental Studies (ES) program is interdisciplinary and designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers with government, consulting companies, research organizations, universities, public schools, industry, or for graduate studies. Faculty emphasize a learn-by-doing approach to environmental problem solving. Students work with state-of-the-art field and research equipment and are exposed to techniques and methods used by scientists to study the complexities of the human-environment system.

The program offers two concentrations of study:
1) environmental science and 2) environmental policy. All ES majors complete one semester of general biology, one semester of general chemistry, and environmental science courses in policy, internship, and geographic information systems.  Students selecting the environmental science option complete additional course work in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. Students selecting the environmental policy option usually minor in either political science or economics to round out their program of study. The capstone course for all students is the senior project.

Graduates of the Environmental Studies Program:
1. Will be prepared for a wide range of careers with government, consulting companies, research organizations, universities, public schools, industry, or for graduate studies.
2. Have passed a mixture of courses that provide a balance between the natural, physical, political sciences and economics.
3. Exhibit analytical skills, including the capacity to formulate hypotheses and to rationally evaluate data.
4. Demonstrate aptitude in expressing themselves in oral and written formats, exhibiting clarity, a logical concise manner, the ability to define topics, and provide supporting evidence.
5. Will have real world experience acquired during required internship.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Required internship
• National Science Foundation funded undergraduate research
• BS/MS 5-year degree
• Study abroad

Core Requirements
Meet the Faculty