Your gateway to a great career in some of today's most in-demand fields.
Environmental sciences are truly interdisciplinary, and are closely tied to biology, chemistry and geology. EVS majors train in science fundamentals that prepare students to take on new environmental problems. The Gulf oil spill; climate change; water resources management; emerging pests and invasive species; and the changing energy economy are a few examples of environmental issues where science is needed.
Interdisciplinary preparation makes students competitive for off-campus summer internships; post-graduate jobs; graduate schools; and professional schools. Each student has an experienced faculty advisor who assists with developing a program of study, including lots of options for upper-level courses, that will help each student prepare for specific career goals.
What You’ll Love About Environmental Science:
You’ll have the option to conduct in-depth research and skill-development with faculty who are experts in their disciplines.
The opportunity to work in five environmental preserves used in class and for directed-research projects.
Personal attention from professors that would be impossible at a state university.
Professors who are committed to excellence in teaching.
Students learn from professors who are highly regarded scientists and experts in their disciplines.
A new 2,500 square foot greenhouse and expanded research facilities.
Undergraduates work with state-of-the-art equipment.
You’ll have opportunities to meet and network with scientists and other professionals over dinner before attending lectures.
Opportunities to undertake research as early as your freshman year.
Interested in an EVS minor?
EVS minors use their experience in science as preparation for interdisciplinary work in journalism, business, creative writing, arts, political science, etc. The EVS program includes discussion-oriented seminar classes that let students from all disciplines bring their strengths and interests to the science classroom. The minor is an opportunity to reach for a solid understanding of how humans affect and are affected by the natural world, including current issues as well as the next decade’s headlines.
This 22 credit minor includes courses from five disciplines to give students a broad environmental training. Here is a sample of some classes you will take:
EVS 476 Issues in Environmental Science
Prerequisites: 30 hrs. of science courses (MATH, BIO, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS); or for Environmental Science minors, all of the other courses in the minor
A detailed examination of the scientific dimensions of selected environmental issues, with discussion of the economic, political and ethical aspects of those problems. BIO/CHEM/GEOL credit.
PHIL 280B Environmental Ethics
This course is an examination of ethical theory and moral issues as applied to the context of environmentalism. Does nature have inherent worth independent of the uses to which it is put by human beings: Do humans have moral duties to animals, plants, or even ecosystems? These and other questions will be critically examined.
GEOL 103 Physical Geography and the Environment
Analysis of climatic elements and controls leading to an improved understanding of climatic types and their world distribution, followed by a study of the physical and cultural features within the major climatic regions, especially as these features relate to climatic conditions. The climatic regions form the framework for building up general geographic knowledge. Although memorization of geographic facts (including place names) is not stressed, the students are expected to improve greatly their knowledge of such facts. Offered every even fall.