Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Environmental Science (BS.ENV)
For further information about this major, contact Dr. Andrew Vermilyea, the Environmental Science Coordinator: Andrew.email@example.com
This program integrates the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology to provide students with a strong framework from which to analyze environmental problems and develop effective, sustainable solutions. Students earning a BS in Environmental Science will pursue both laboratory and field careers in government, industry, and the non-profit sector. This program prepares students for careers and graduate degree programs in related environmental fields such as toxicology, hydrology, systems ecology, plant ecology, and water chemistry.
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science will demonstrate:
- Read and comprehend various forms of scientific literature including primary science research papers and current topical environmental science articles and books.
- Locate and identify various forms of scientific text in support of a research topic.
- Derive and interpret scientific data, as well as recognize bias and sources of error in scientific information.
- Communicate environmental science issues to peers and broad audiences orally and through writing.
Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
- Differentiate the validity of various sources of information, assess the relevance of information in solving environmental problems, and consider multiple options for solutions.
- Follow laboratory protocols, safety standards, and field study procedures.
- Understand the use and limitations of statistical tools and ecological models.
- Learn and use meaningful questions in order to design scientific studies.
Knowledge and Understanding of Environmental Concepts
- Explain and describe geological processes, ecological principles, and chemical interactions as they relate to the causes and consequences of environmental issues.
- Recognize that solutions to environmental problems such as climate change, population growth, biodiversity decline, pollution, and others involve an integrated multidisciplinary approach involving scientific and societal considerations.