Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education >> Geology and Physics
57 hours + 29 hours of supporting coursework
Environmental Science provides student with a rigorous introduction to, and survey of, the hydrologic cycle as it pertains to human-environment interactions, connections of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, use and exploitation of natural resources, environmental impact of growing population and energy needs, and the ability to integrate important scientific principles across disciplines. The study of ecological interactions as well as threats to the quantity of water resources available and its quality are explored in this degree program. Lastly, students will study economics, ethics, public policy, sociology, and sustainability to better understand our evolving view of and response to the natural world.
Students in the Environmental Science program will develop analysis and decision making skills for assessment and management of the environment. Students will also be exposed to the state-of-the-art measurement and analytical techniques for measuring contaminants in water and biological materials in the environment.
The goals of the Environmental Science program are consistent with the University's mission to have an "engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness." Not only will students in this program have a broad understanding of environmental science, but they will be involved in projects that will address cultural awareness to overcoming environmental problems.
The Environmental Science major allows students to obtain a broad understanding of the natural and social sciences, but the flexibility to study one area in depth. Students who complete the environmental science program will be well prepared for graduate and professional schools, as well as exciting careers in natural resources; consulting firms and industries specializing in water resources; government agencies responsible for regulation and management of energy, land use planning, and not-for-profit organizations.