Today, our world is being challenged by an array of complex environmental problems. Global climate change, natural resources management, ozone depletion, sustainable development, acid rain, air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste management. These are but a few of the issues encompassed by environmental science, an interdisciplinary field that addresses interactions between people and the natural environment.
Students in the Environmental Sciences Option follow a rigorous interdisciplinary approach that prepares them to respond to urgent environmental problems. Students learn the basic theories and techniques needed to monitor environmental quality, to interpret the impact of human actions on the ecosystem, and to develop management strategies for ecosystem restoration. Environmental Science students also learn how to utilize scientific data in the development of policies and regulations for protecting the environment.
Graduates from the program are highly employable in both private and government sectors. Many students continue their education in related fields such as microbiology, toxicology, health, soil science, rangeland science, wetland science, resource economics, natural resource management and environmental law.
The Environmental Sciences option stresses a strong science-based curriculum that includes courses in biology, chemistry, economics, and statistics. All majors also take seven core courses, and a senior capstone class. Students tailor upper-level course selection to reflect their academic interests and career goals.