Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
The Environmental Studies Program goals are: to provide students with an understanding of the interrelationships between the human and nonhuman worlds; to recognize the role humans play in this necessary relationship; to develop employable skills in field research techniques and critical thinking; and to become capable of taking appropriate action based on ethically considered values. Students may choose environmental studies as a major or a minor. See also joint degree program options.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
The B.S. in Environmental Science will provide students with a modern interdisciplinary environmental science degree within the context of a liberal arts education. It is designed for students interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues, providing the student with both basic and applied knowledge needed to understand the environment and associated problems. This degree will allow students to continue with advanced studies in a graduate degree program or to enter the job market for environmental science positions.
The degree program consists of a core curriculum of required courses that are aimed at providing a broad background in environmental science as well as in other areas that are often involved with environmental issues, such as philosophy, ethics, law and economics. The Current Topics course provides the student the opportunity to improve their skills in scientific communication to both lay persons and peers. The Scientific Inquiry and Analysis course provides an introduction to the process of scientific evaluation that involves analysis of case studies to provide examples of how scientific information can be analyzed and to understand the relationship between science and society within which it develops. Following the core courses, a choice of electives is provided that will be selected based upon the specific interest of the student.
Experiential learning is a critical component of an undergraduate degree in science. Thus, all students must either complete an independent research project or become involved as an intern in an aspect of environmental science. These research oriented courses will provide the student with their senior “capstone” experience.
The student learning outcomes for this degree program are as follows:
- basic knowledge in the biological and physical sciences
- basic knowledge of environmental science and critical related areas in environmental law, ethics, economics and philosophy
- development of skills in statistical data analysis, hypothesis building and research project design
- skills in communication in both oral and written form to both peers and laypersons concerning scientific issues related to the environment
- capability to critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative scientific and technical reports and to be able to draw scientifically credible conclusions from this evaluation.