The environmental science major is for those students whose interest in the environment has a more scientific focus. The major is designed to prepare students to enter the field with the laboratory and field skills environmental professionals are using in the workplace and graduate school. Field experiences take full advantage of the fact that the college is surrounded by lakes and forests and students have the benefit of field research at their doorstep. Graduates of this program have gone to work as environmental scientists for environmental consulting firms, state agencies, geographic information systems specialists, field interns for wildlife biologists and to graduate programs in environmental science, among other choices.
Upon completion of this program students will:
- Locate, evaluate and share information effectively and responsibly.
- Demonstrate an understanding of group/team dynamics, the ability to assess teamwork and work effectively in a team.
- Communicate effectively using quantitative information and technical language to convey findings.
- Critically analyze and engage with complex, interdependent natural systems (chemical, biological, geological) and develop both a functional and a working knowledge of interactions within and among natural systems with an emphasis on human interactions, sustainability, impacts and mitigation.
- Use laboratory/field methodology and/or theoretical frameworks to obtain, organize and synthesize data for quantitative analysis, interpretation and communication.