Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Science Program in Environmental Sciences prepares students for immediate employment and graduate studies in the analysis and mitigation of environmental problems. The program focuses on science methodology and applied analysis, applying state-of-the-art field methods, instrumentation, and data analysis to the study of the natural and human environment from an interdisciplinary systems perspective. The curriculum builds on five cores: natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics); mathematics (including calculus and statistics); environmental health (including epidemiology, toxicology, etc.); class-based research (Independent Study, Field Study, Internship); and a Capstone experience.

Educational Objectives

  1. Provide knowledge and training in the practical application of the scientific method utilizing appropriate analytical approaches and instrumentation-based methodologies.
  2. Prepare students for roles in resource management that require critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Prepare students for graduate studies in environmental sciences, natural resource management, environmental education, epidemiology, regulation, and earth and climate science.
  4. Provide students with technical and analytical skills that enable them to find employment in federal and state resource agencies, consulting firms, community-based education, and industrial firms tasked with environmental compliance.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the following abilities:

  1. Apply mathematical concepts, including statistical methods, to field and laboratory data to study scientific phenomena.
  2. Understand the complex relationships between natural and human systems.
  3. Design and execute a scientific project.
  4. Maximize student critical thinking ability.

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map for the Environmental Sciences program can be found on the program’s web page.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

The Chemistry & Environmental Science faculty are currently creating the first formal assessment of the student learning outcomes, summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in the department assessment records.