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Interdisciplinary Nature

Environmental problems are interdisciplinary in nature. Thus, the foundation of our program is coursework in environmental science, as well as biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and statistics. We build on this foundation in our upper level environmental science courses by showing how to study and solve environmental problems using concepts and tools from the more traditional science disciplines. We balance theory and practice, and emphasize hands-on work in the laboratory and field. Our courses include group and individual projects, and integrate writing and math skills. Internships are also an important part of our program.

There is a core curriculum which all students are required to complete

There are two options to choose from within the Environmental Science and Technology degree

Ecosystem Restoration

  • Focuses on strategies for managing natural resources
  • In addition to the core, students complete coursework in Soils & Sustainability, Restoration Ecology, Environmental Politics, Plant Biology and also choose other Environmental Science courses as Restricted Electives

Environmental Science

  • Focuses on pollution prevention as well as investigation and cleanup
  • In addition to the core, students complete coursework in Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, Pollution Investigation & Monitoring, Geology and also choose other Environmental Science courses as Restricted Electives

Students graduating with this degree will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of terminology, concepts, theories, and practices in environmental science. (Specialized knowledge)
  • Demonstrate the ability to design an environmental study. (Quantitative skills, critical thinking skills)
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze quantitative environmental data, effectively translate data into graphs or tables, and interpret the results. (Quantitative skills, critical thinking skills)
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate tools, technology, and methods for measuring and analyzing environmental data. (Technology skills)
  • Identify and evaluate assumptions, hypotheses, alternative views on environmental problems, then articulate implications and form conclusions. (Critical thinking)

  • Construct an organized argument (oral and written) supported by current research on a technical issue in environmental science appropriate for a specialized audience. (Communication skills)
  • Complete a field-based project that evaluates and proposes a solution for a local problem or need by effectively synthesizing applicable concepts from environmental science and related disciplines. (Applied learning)

Please click here for a table showing in which courses these objectives will be addressed.