Environmental Science

Environmental Science

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Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates study of problems caused by human use of the natural world with analysis of remedies for these problems through social, economic, or political change.

While incorporating information on natural processes (e.g. physical and biological), the field of environmental science also analyzes the role that technology plays in our society and its capacity to alter natural processes as well as solve problems. A third dimension of this field, analysis of the social processes that characterize human populations, emphasizes critical thinking about decisions made at the individual, societal, corporate, political and global level that impact natural processes.

This approach outlines the way in which environmental problems are both created and solved by human populations. Thus, environmental science is a mixture of traditional science, societal values and political awareness.

Reflecting this interdisciplinary approach, the Environmental Science Concentration requires six courses selected from a wide range of disciplines and departments.

Concentration Requirements

BIO 2360, 2160. Environmental Science and Lab.
CHE 3445. Environmental Chemistry.
MAT 3327. Statistics or Eco. 3327 Statistical Methods or BIO. 3345 Biostatistics.
PHI 4333. Philosophy of Science. Alternate courses accepted with prior permission.

Research/Internship. Offered through the student’s major department; 3 credits.

Electives: (Select one of the following)
POL 3324. Public Policy.
ECO 4356. ST/Economics of the Environment.
ECO 4341. Economics and Social Ethics.
HIS 4357. American Environmental History.
BIO 3346. Animal Behavior.
BIO 3326. Ecology.
PHY 3363. Computational Physics.
PHI 4336. Ethics.
BUS. Any Business course that pertains to issues raised in environmental science

 

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