Environmental Science, BS

Director: Stefan Schnitzer, Ph.D.

Environmental Science integrates a fundamental understanding of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans influence, exploit, evaluate, conserve and restore their environment. The main goals for interdisciplinary major are to develop new knowledge in environmental science, educate students in the fundamental ecological and physical processes that govern the environment, train leaders who can identify and solve complex environmental problems and to educate students to help restore and sustain a healthy planet using an evidence-based approach.

Specific learning outcomes for graduates of the Environmental Science major include:

  • Understand the basic organization of ecosystems and their responses to environmental factors
  • Gain an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of ecology, conservation, and environmental science
  • Learn contemporary data management skills, including data organization and statistical analysis
  • Gain practical experience working on environmental issues (via laboratory and independent research experiences).