Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Environmental Studies - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered & Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate: BA, BS, and Minor in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Concentration: Environmental Studies

See Social Sciences Interdisciplinary for degree requirements

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Understand critical concepts in environmental studies: matter and energy, sustainability, ecosystem, biodiversity, natural resources; recognize individuals and organizations prominent in Environment Studies
  • Understand the principles and processes of biological evolution; the interrelated physical processes affecting the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, principles of ecology and ecological research; engage in and understand the processes and techniques of conducting environmental fieldwork
  • Understand the interaction of historical, social and political phenomena with environmental issues; recognize alternative systems of thinking about the place of human beings in the natural world, identify ethical, spiritual and aesthetic considerations that affect environmental attitudes and behavior
  • Understand the foundational statistical methods used to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims
  • Understand the role of environmental law and regulation in environmental issues; understand how environmental issues are addressed through local state and national political processes; understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental understanding; to gain exposure to; specific environmental issues/problems through lecture and fieldwork; to practice environmental education techniques and strategies through practical experiences; to understand citizen involvement in environmental organizations
  • Understand dynamics of conservation biology through study of soil, water, forest, and wildlife populations; evaluate impacts on biodiversity and sustainability; understand restoration of damaged environments, understand management of wildlife and wild lands, techniques for study of animal behavior and role of zoos in biodiversity and preservation of animal populations; to develop field study techniques and procedures
  • Gain practical experiences through an Internship in Environmental Policy and Education or Environmental Resources and Management

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