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.
Western’s Environmental Science program is committed to creating a space for students to value, change, and study the environment. Students in the program gain proficiencies in applying quantitative and critical thinking skills to environmental issues, writing and speaking effectively to professional audiences about issues in the field, using theoretical knowledge of environmental sciences in real world applications, and incorporating multiple disciplines into environmental sciences.
The Department of Environmental Sciences is affiliated with three research institutes:
- The Institute of Environmental Toxicology
- The Institute for Watershed Studies
- The Shannon Point Marine Center
These institutes support and promote Western’s instructional and research programs in the Environmental Science Department, providing access to laboratory facilities, instruction, and specialized research equipment for Huxley students and others within the scientific community.