The Schmid College of Science and Technology is excited to offer a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science and Policy for students looking to examine the interaction between humanity and its environment. In addition to core course work in the natural and political sciences, students in this degree program specialize in ecology, earth systems, or environmental policy.
Few other institutions in the country offer a degree like this, in which students at the undergraduate level have the opportunity to earn course credit by participating in ongoing environmental research projects and internships with area environmental partners. Additionally, they receive in-depth training in social sciences and policies through the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Argyros School of Business and Economics.
Our faculty are top researchers in their fields and explore issues ranging from pollution over megacities, the effects of invasive plant species on ecosystem processes, the characterization of heavy metals in mine waste, and the impact of presidential transitions on environmental law. The faculty consider research and the co-authorship of scholarly work with students to be of the utmost importance.
Addressing modern environmental challenges requires an understanding of the natural sciences – the physics, chemistry and biology of how the Earth functions – as well as an understanding of the social and political systems that mediate how humans interact with their environment. Students in the Environmental Science and Policy program gain experience in both the natural and political sciences. In addition to this interdisciplinary training, students develop expertise in one of three focus areas: ecology, earth systems or policy. Graduates of this program are trained as scientists that can speak with policy makers or as policy makers with a solid understanding of science.
Our faculty are supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Environmental Science and Policy program encourages student to integrate hands-on, faculty-mentored research as well as off-campus internships into their personalized degree experiences. Alumni from this program have been accepted into law school, graduate programs in conservation biology and have worked for environmental non-profits.