Offered by the Department of Geosciences
Associate Professor Demchak (chairperson)
Assistant Professors Kennedy, Kopf, Shears, Stocks
Instructors Dillon, Guignard, Dom, Wilson
The concentration in environmental science is a broad-based curriculum designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of environmentally-related technical careers. The degree will provide students with rigorous training in the fundamental sciences of the environment, and the application of scientific principles to the analysis of environmental problems. Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition of practical, field-based skills and knowledge that make students desirable in the job market. Graduates typically obtain careers as scientists in environmental assessment, conservation, regulation, and enforcement, and find jobs in all aspects of the public, private, and governmental sectors. The are employed by parks, consulting firms, county soil, water, and agricultural agencies, solid and hazardous-waste firms, planning agencies, and companies associated with the natural gas industry, to name a few. The program also recommends internships, which prepare students to enter the workforce, or pursue advanced degrees at the graduate level.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Students will produce and interpret maps, images, charts and other graphic data
- Students will evaluate the dynamics of and interactions between the four basic components of the Earth’s physical system: atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere
- Students will evaluate how human actions impact the environment on local, regional and global scales.
- Students will develop, investigate and present a research problem
- Students will apply scientific principles and method to the investigation of environmental issues to formulate action plans for sustainable alternatives.
- Students will develop a demonstrated understanding of the interactions among physical, biological, chemical, and human components of the environment.
- Students will apply appropriate analytical, quantitative, and instrument-based approaches to environmental assessment by resolving real-world problems in the lab, field, and classroom.