May 29, 2024  
Mansfield University 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geosciences, Environmental Science Concentration

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Offered by the Department of Natural Sciences

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.  They 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 Objectives:

  • Students will develop the basic observational skills they need to function as geoscientists.
  • Students will perform tests and collect data to analyze geological materials, features, and processes both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Students will apply critical thinking skills such as inductive, deductive, and mathematical reasoning to solve geological problems using the scientific method.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and interpretations through written, oral, visual, and digital means.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

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