Environmental science is the science of the interactions between the physical, chemical,
and biological components of the environment, including their effects on all types
of organisms but more often refers to human impact on the environment.
The goals of the Environmental Science program are to: 1) meet the needs of students
who are majoring in one of the diverse fields encompassed by environmental science,
and 2) provide options for students fulfilling general education science requirements.
Awareness of the issues of environmental quality is increasingly important in business,
industry, and government. The growing human population and increasing consumption
of resources are creating unprecedented pressures on our planetary life support systems.
Environmental science majors need to complete an interdisciplinary set of core requirements
that provide a basic understanding of the physical, biological, and social sciences
and the relevance of these sciences to environmental processes and issues. In addition,
the coursework will prepare students for related baccalaureate majors, including:
biology, chemistry, engineering, geography (including emphasis in geographic information
systems (GIS)), geology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. For non-majors, the
program’s goal is to educate students to make better-informed choices about key environmental
and health issues.