Environmental Science stands at the interface between humans and the Earth, and explores the interactions and relations between them. Environmental Science includes a group of sciences that attempt to explain how life on Earth is sustained, how we interact with the earth, what leads to environmental problems, and how these problems can be solved. It integrates information and ideas from the natural sciences, such as biology, chemistry, hydrology, climatology, oceanography and geology, as well as the social sciences, such as economics, politics, and the humanities, including philosophy and ethics.
The media are full of bad news about our environment. However, Environmental Science does not have to be all about bad news. We view it as a set of tools with which you can learn to read the bad news objectively, and then think about and search for solutions to environmental problems. We believe that it is most important to study Environmental Sciences because we all depend on our environment. Modern science and technology give us the power to affect our environment seriously; we have to understand how the environment works, so we can live within its constraints. Environmental science is mission-oriented: it implies that we all have a responsibility to get involved, and try to do something about the problems we have created.
Studying Environmental Science, you will acquire awareness and appreciation of the natural and built environment, knowledge of natural systems and ecological concepts, understanding of current environmental issues, and the ability to use analytical and problem-solving skills on environmental issues. Environmental scientists work on subjects like understanding the earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, sustainability, natural resource management, the effects of global climate change, and many more.
Our department offers the following options to study Environmental Science:
- NEW! Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program in Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences (EEGS)
- Major in Environmental Science (46 credits)
- Minor in Environmental Science (14-15 credits)