Developing and implementing effective solutions to environmental problems is a fundamentally political process.
The Political Science: Sustainability and Environmental Politics Concentration gives students an indispensable perspective on interactions between human societies and the natural environment. Students that major in Political Science and choose this Concentration engage with topics ranging from global environmental policy, comparative environmental politics across nations, obstacles to climate action, political communication, ethics and justice in environmental politics, and efforts to protect and restore biodiversity. Through their coursework and experiential learning, students will develop a nuanced understanding of the successes and constraints of policy, and will have the opportunity to develop their own solutions to the environmental challenges confronting us.
The Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Option emphasizes organismal diversity, ecology, and evolution in courses with outdoor field experiences and hands-on lab courses. The EEOB Option is suited for students interested in professional or academic careers in conservation biology, veterinary medicine, environmental biotechnology, or graduate studies in ecology or evolutionary biology.
The Environmental Science major (Bachelor of Science) has two options: Environmental Science and Geoscience. The Environmental Science option is for students focused on addressing human impacts on the environment and major environmental challenges including climate change, pollution, and sustainability. The Geoscience option is for students interested in the geologic environment including mineral resources, geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. Both Environmental Science and Geoscience options also provide training in hydrogeology, soil science, biogeochemistry, and geographic information systems (GIS).
The Environmental Science: Sustainability Option (Bachelor of Arts) will help students build a strong foundation in environmental and sustainability science and the policy know-how to translate science into action. Courses cover natural and political sciences, economics, public health, and legal studies, equipping you for careers in environmental policy, governance, social equity, environmental sustainability, and climate change mitigation and resilience.
The Liberal Arts: Environment and Society Concentration
is an interdisciplinary concentration that provides students with the analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific foundation needed to work in areas such as environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, sustainable development, environmental education or social theory and the environment.
The Meteorology & Atmospheric Science major is for students interested in meteorology, weather forecasting, climatology and air pollution, and fulfills the education requirements for federally employed meteorologists.