Environmental Biology Major/Minor

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About this Program

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates biological, chemical, and physical sciences to study human interactions with their environment. It includes elements from biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics, forestry and soil science. It has been a substantive and active field of scientific study since the 1960s and is guided by public demand for action in addressing environmental problems and the need for multi-disciplinary approaches to studying complex environmental issues at local, regional, and global scales. Topics include global environmental changes, pollution impact and control, natural resource management, sustainable development, and ecosystem restoration.

The Environmental Biology programs provide a broad background in biology that is essential to understand the impact of humans on other organisms and their environments. They provide students with an understanding of ecology, the diversity and function of living organisms, the physical and chemical environment, and the ways organisms interact with, and affect, ecosystem processes. Students are exposed to ecosystem management, issues related to environmental change, and the consequences of interactions between humans and the environment.

The Major program prepares students for post-graduate work in environmental biology and related life sciences and provides a foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in teaching, government service, public policy, conservation, science education, science journalism, environmental law, environmental consulting, the private sector, and international relations.