Environmental Studies

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    About Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

    The Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major prepares students to become environmental innovators in the workplace and in their communities. The major is designed for students seeking an environmental program outside the realm of a pure environmental science curriculum. It is ideal for students pursuing careers in areas such as environmental advocacy, marine and environmental education, environmental policy-making, and environmental law.

    Program Highlights:

    • Approach environmental sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective that examines scientific, social, political, ethical, and educational views of the environment and its protection. 
    • Blend of science, social sciences and humanities courses to prepare to meet the rigors of a career analyzing complex environmental issues and effectively communicating your findings.
    • The program is distinctively set within the context of the Franciscan approach to environmentalism. One of the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education states, in part, “We care for the earth which is our home and work to protect and preserve it for future generations.”
    • Choose from one of three concentrations: 
      • Marine Education, designed for students planning for careers working with marine animals at aquariums, zoos, and other marine education facilities
      • Environmental Education, designed for students planning for careers as environmental educators at parks, nature centers, and other environmental facilities
      • Liberal Studies in the Environment, designed for students planning for careers working in environmental advocacy, environmental policy-making, and environmental sociology

    Students desiring to pursue careers as marine or environmental biologists, with the intention of learning field and laboratory techniques that will place them in positions as scientists or in marine biology or environmental science graduate programs, should explore our Biology Department or Environmental Engineering Department.

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