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Environmental Science

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Minor

The Environmental Science degree provides students with the requisite knowledge in biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences necessary for the student to pursue a career in industry, education, research, consulting, or graduate studies. This training involves understanding and exemplifying investigative methods and techniques, interpretation, critical analyses, writing and communicative skills and the quest to relate existing knowledge to new and challenging scientific inquiry. Students are encouraged to experience the diversity of science and to explore the interaction between scientific discovery and application to global sustainability. Students are educated to recognize and solve familiar but complex environmental problems. 

Students work with state-of-the-art field and research equipment and are exposed to techniques and methods used by scientists to study the complexities of the human-environment system. 

Graduates will possess an inclusive knowledge of the environmental studies field, have a broad general studies foundation, and be able to demonstrate their ability to use this knowledge in a variety of settings.

Graduates of the Environmental Science Program:

1. Attain an inclusive knowledge of the environmental studies field, have a broad general studies foundation, and be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in a variety of settings.

2. Must be able to apply basic scientific principles and methods to the study of: (a) major physical and life science components of the earth system, including the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, as well as the chemical and physical processes underlying these components, and (b) human components of the earth system including the social, economic, and political structures that shape our interactions with the environment.

3. Must demonstrate proficiency with current technologies for acquiring, analyzing, and displaying data relevant to a real-world problem.

4. Must use the scientific method to design, conduct, and interpret natural science and/or social science investigations, and understand the ethical norms that guide scientific practice.

5. Must present clearly (in both written and oral formats) analysis of complex environmental science and policy issues. 

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