The B.S. in Environmental Science program provides the technical background necessary for understanding the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of the environment. It focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to understanding the natural and physical environments of the Earth. Toward this end, the program’s graduates will have an understanding of and appreciation for the processes and interactions that occur both within and between the atmosphere, the biosphere, the lithosphere, and the hydrosphere. The program is founded on the principle that science – both as a body of knowledge and as a process that is grounded in intellectual inquiry and the scientific method – must be applied to assess and to address the direct and indirect influences of human activities on the integrity of the Earth’s systems.
We are pleased to offer a number of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The B.A. in Environmental Studies program focuses on the interface between environmental science and relevant social sciences, including public policy, political science, law, economics, sociology, and planning. Toward this end, the program’s graduates will have a fundamental understanding of the biological, chemical, and physical principles that underlie the structure and function of the natural and physical environments of the Earth coupled with a foundation in the social sciences that underlie the relationships between humans, as individuals and/or societies, and the natural and physical environments of Earth. The program is founded on the principle that the social sciences – both as a bodies of knowledge and as the bases for structuring human societal norms and behaviors – must be applied to assess and to address the direct and indirect influences of human activities on the integrity of the Earth’s systems.
The B.A. in Geography provides a well-rounded and useful education and marketable skills to students with interests in the spatial patterns of society and the environment. It focuses on the interactions of humans with the natural and physical environments of Earth from a spatial perspective. Toward this end, the program’s graduates will have a fundamental understanding of human social dynamics and physical patterns and processes at the Earth’s surface, such as globalization, climatic variation and natural disasters, within the context of places, landscapes, and regions. Graduates will also be trained in the use of geospatial technologies as tools in addressing many modern concerns. The program is founded on the principle that geographical knowledge of place, space, and scale can provide essential insights into contemporary social and environmental issues and the variation in human cultures and behaviors, and promotes the idea that such insight is critical to managing the Earth at local, regional and global scales
The Sustainability Minor links the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability to provide a framework for understanding standards of ethical responsibility that many individuals, corporations, institutions, and governments seek to adopt as set of guiding principles. Students completing the interdisciplinary Sustainability Minor will be able to describe the technical, social, ethical, and philosophical aspects of a commitment to sustainability and the links between the global economic environment, resource availability and distribution, and their effects on sustainable practices.
The Geography Minor focuses on the relationships between people and the natural world, the choices people make, the effects of past actions on people today, and the effects of today’s choices on future generations. Students completing the minor will have a fundamental understanding of human social dynamics and physical patterns and processes at the Earth’s surface, such as globalization, climatic variation and natural disasters, within the context of places, landscapes, and regions.
We are witnessing environmental change that is unique in human history. Human population growth and economic globalization have placed increasing and near-unsustainable demands on natural resources and environmental systems. Increased levels of greenhouse gases are potentially warming Earth’s climate and ecosystems are badly stressed and degraded. Rather than continue on this path, we must better understand the scientific processes of the environment to more effectively manage human interactions with natural systems. The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) emphasizes integrated thinking and learning at the nexus of science, policy, and human behavior. Our graduates will see beyond linear and fragmented approaches to solving environmental problems to understand the complex interactions between people and the environment.