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The Major Program

The Environmental Science and Management (ESM) major is designed for students who are interested in solving environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective linking the natural and social sciences.

Students who choose this major will study the interaction of physical, biological, and social components of environmental problems. Students completing the program will understand the scientific basis for environmental decision making and the legal, economic, and political issues involved in management of the environment.

The Program. Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, geology, and calculus form the lower-division preparatory foundation of the curriculum. These are then tied together with Environmental Science and Policy 1, “Environmental Analysis” which provides an inter-disciplinary analysis of several environmental problems. The upper-division core consists of foundation courses in physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as applied courses in environmental monitoring, GIS, impact reporting, and statistical analysis. In their junior year, students must choose a specialized track from the following six options:

(a) Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation

(b) Natural Resource Management

(c) Climate Change and Air Quality

(d) Geospatial Information Science

(e) Watershed Science

(f) Soils and Biogeochemistry

A capstone course is required for all seniors and serves to integrate the science, policy/management and biology aspects of the ESM major. All students gain practical experience through field courses and a required internship. Selected students may also pursue an honors thesis in their senior year.

The ESM major is jointly administered by the Departments of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR). Any student in good standing is eligible to transfer to the major; to do so, please see the student affairs officers in 2134 Wickson Hall or in 1150 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building.

Careers. Graduates from this program are prepared to pursue careers as practicing environmental scientists, resource analysts and planners working for public agencies and private firms specializing in environmental quality, natural resources or ecological research. The major is also an excellent preparation for graduate or professional training in physical and/or biological environmental science graduate programs, as well as in environmental law, administration and environmental policy.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM