Environmental Science

Mariah Whitney
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MariahW@bigbend.edu

Environmental science courses may be taken as part of the Associate in Arts and Science DTA degree. These courses may be used toward the Natural Science Breadth requirement or for Specified or General Elective credit. Students seeking Associate in Arts and Science DTA degree should refer to the catalog section “Degrees & Certificates” for a detailed description of the degree, its program outcomes, and courses that will satisfy degree requirements.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that blends the natural sciences with the social sciences in order to better understand how our natural world works, how human interactions and behaviors impact our environment, and how the natural world impact its resident human species. Biology, ecology, chemistry, and geology blend with anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics to name just a few disciplines involved. The issues and problems investigated rarely have simple solutions with many opposing viewpoints and stakeholders which make environmental science a compelling field to study.

Environmental scientists work as ecologists, anthropologists, environmental consultants, climatologists, and conservation scientists, to name a few of the many occupations within the field. Some work for private businesses, others for governmental organizations and others for public entities.

Since programs differ at each college, students should consult program outlines published by the college or university to which they intend to transfer. Students should prepare their quarterly schedules with the assistance of an advisor knowledgeable in this transfer area.

Courses

ENVS& 100: Survey of Env Science

Credits 5
An introduction to the fundamental principles of environmental science, topics of study include some of the following topics: environmental, science, and information literacy, human population growth, environmental health, ecological economics and consumption, solid waste, ecosystems and nutrient cycling, population and community ecology, evolution and extinction, biodiversity and preserving biodiversity, freshwater resources and water pollution, food resources and sustainable agriculture, coal and petroleum, air pollution and climate change, nuclear power, alternative energy sources, environmental policy, and urbanization and sustainable communities.