This major is for students whose environmental interest is more interdisciplinary. This major prepares students for a career with a solid understanding of environmental issues, policy and principles and practices of sustainability. Graduates of this program have gone on to work as naturalists/teachers, environmental lawyers, land protection specialists in land conservation organizations and trail crew leaders and to graduate programs, 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 informed and responsible action to address ethical, social and environmental challenges. They will evaluate and apply diverse perspectives to complex subjects within natural and human systems in the face of multiple and even conflicting positions (i.e., cultural, disciplinary and ethical).
- Critically analyze and engage with complex, interdependent global systems (social, economic and environmental) and develop both a functional and a working knowledge of interactions within and among natural and global systems with an emphasis on human impacts, sustainability and problem-solving.
- Assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings and develop a personal statement/philosophy with regard to principles of ethics and sustainability.