Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 143 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that builds competence in basic science, environmental technologies, computation skills, and communication skills. The program is designed for students with strong analytical abilities with a curriculum that includes courses in environmental science as well as biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and mathematics. Computer applications are used in many courses, including at the higher levels, the use of software designed or sponsored by the USEPA. A high level of competence in the use of word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets will be required. The Environmental Science B.S. degree allows students to select electives in biology, chemistry, or environmental earth science. The department believes that one becomes a scientist by "doing science", not just reading about it. Therefore, the curriculum provides for a year-long research project during the senior year, organized within the two-semester sequence "Senior Thesis I and II". This sequence guides the student in becoming familiar with the scientific method and reading scientific literature. Each student works with a faculty mentor on an individual basis during the senior year to design and conduct a scientific study, culminating in the writing of a Senior Thesis based on the student's work. Educational Objectives The following program educational objectives have been established for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program. These objectives are consistent with the University Mission, and are based on input from the college faculty, students, industry, and alumni. A. Provide students with a set of knowledge and skills that allow them to effectively begin careers as environmental scientists in consulting, industry, or government; B. Prepare students for graduate study in environmental science or a related field; C. Provide students with a broad general education that fosters an understanding of the natural world, the impact of human activity on the environmental quality of that world, and encourages the pursuit of lifelong learning; D. Support students in their professional and postgraduate educational development by offering faculty advice and departmental support, including support for student societies and professional groups. Student Outcomes In addition to the outcomes related to the universityâ€™s liberal studies program, graduates of the Environmental Science program should demonstrate: 1. Proficiency in mathematics through elementary calculus and statistics; 2. Proficiency in the fundamental natural sciences including physics, ecology and microbiology, organic chemistry, and earth science including geology and hydrology; 3. Knowledge of global environmental concerns, air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, and the effect of pollutants on human health; 4. Ability to design and conduct experiments, to collect and analyze data, and to write a scientific paper suitable for publication; 5. Understanding of environmental regulations and the ethical responsibility of scientists in their professional conduct as well as in their private lives; 6. Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally, and function as a member and a leader on multi-disciplinary teams; 7. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.