If you are intrigued by the challenges of planning, regulation and policy, or if you are interested in reaching out to the public through informal environmental education, the Environmental Studies concentration will serve your needs best.
Understanding and resolving environmental conflicts - conflicts that can tear communities apart - requires individuals with an interdisciplinary perspective. This perspective, which entails understanding the interactions (and potential for conflict) between social systems and natural systems, enables you to develop effective and equitable environmental policies and regulations. Similarly, in order to effectively educate the public about the environment in an informal setting, one needs to understand the challenges that face the natural world, the complexities of the natural systems and how to present these concepts effectively.
To be prepared for such roles, students in the Environmental Studies concentration take courses with faculty members representing a broad range of expertise, including geography, philosophy, political science, economics, health and sociology as well as biology, chemistry, geology, ecology, mathematics and education. Faculty members are committed to helping students integrate their various areas of study, thereby enhancing each student's ability to become a skillful environmental problem-solver.
Further integration of the various disciplines occurs during the research or internship opportunity that all students complete toward the end of their program of study.
Areas of specialization for Environmental Studies students are: