Environmental Science draws on basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, and quantitative aspects of natural systems. The knowledge of how natural systems work is applied to solving problems largely created by human activities. Often these problems are represented by disturbances in the functioning of natural systems as humans alter their own life-support systems — the air, the water and soil. The scale of disturbance ranges between molecular and cellular to individuals, populations, ecosystems, and regional and global levels.
In addition to the Environmental Science, BS degree, Freshwater Ecology is one of four possible areas of Environmental Science emphasis. The others are Marine Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology and Toxicology.
Sample coursework includes:
- ESCI 325 - Fundamentals of Ecology
- ESCI 435 - Landscape Ecology
- ESCI 491 - Oceanography of Puget Sound