Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program

New undergraduate course offering this Spring 2020
11:375:474 (11:628:47) Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World - Dawson and Sikes
Coastal environments are dynamic zones where terrestrial and marine environments meet. They are highly productivity regions of intense biogeochemical cycling that are increasingly challenged by anthropogenic changes including: Sea level rise, ocean acidification, and eutrophication. We will explore 4 coastal environments from the poles to the tropics while building skills in analysis software.

Environmental Sciences is the interdisciplinary study of natural processes and human impacts in the atmosphere, aquatic systems, and soils. The course of study is built on a foundation of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. All students also complete a series of environmental sciences courses that demonstrate the application of the basic science principles to solution of environmental problems. Specialization in either of the environmental sciences options (environmental sciences or applied environmental sciences) prepares students for careers in environmental consulting, regulatory agencies, industry, legal and science policy professions, and education, and gradute study in related fields. Students seeking further information about the undergraduate Environmental Sciences curriculum, the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Club, Admissions, Scholarships, Cook Housing, and Student Life are invited to explore the links provided to the left. Specific questions may be directed to the Environmental Sciences Curriculum Director.

Students completing this program will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge from the sciences and mathematics to environmental problems and solutions;
  2. use the skills and modern environmental science techniques and tools necessary for a successful career in the field;
  3. design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data;
  4. function effectively on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. communicate technical information effectively (orally, in writing, and through electronic media).

Additionally, they will understand:

  1. professional ethical responsibilities;
  2. contemporary environmental science issues and the impact of environmental science in a global and societal context;
  3. the need, and have the ability, to engage in lifelong learning and to participate in professional organizations.