Western offers many degrees focused on or related to the principles of sustainability.
|Are you excited by how natural systems work? Do you want to solve the problems of the natural environment caused by human activities? Do you love to work outdoors? Do you love the sciences and scientific inquiry?
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. Humans are altering their own life-support systems – the air, the water and soil. The scale of disturbance ranges from the molecular and cellular to individuals, populations, ecosystems, and regional and global levels.
The Environmental Science major will acquire the scientific and problem solving skills needed to conserve and restore the natural environment.
Students of Environmental Science will go directly into an environmental science career or on to graduate school to further their study. (Minor also available)
|Are you excited about teaching people about the environment? Do you want to help people learn to make environmental choices in their lives? Do you love to work outdoors with children or adults?
The major consists of four distinct parts. First, students acquire an understanding of the content of environmental studies. Second, students examine the process of education for an environmental perspective. Third, students investigate ways of applying environmental education content and techniques in the professional roles they may pursue. Fourth, students participate in internships, a field practicum, or research.
Graduates of this major have assumed positions as teachers in private schools, as interpreters with resource management agencies, as staff in programs for special populations such as at-risk youth and persons with disabilities, among others, and with wilderness education non-profits. (Minor also available)
|Are you interested in the laws and policies that govern environmental change?
||Graduates of this major have assumed positions as teachers in private schools, as interpreters with resource management agencies, as staff in programs for special populations such as at-risk youth and persons with disabilities, among others, and with wilderness education non-profits. (Minor also available)
|Do you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote positive change in the environment?
Environmental Studies draws on basic knowledge of how natural systems work and is applied to solving problems largely created by human activities. Often these problems are represented by disturbances in the functioning of natural systems. In addition to the study of the natural environment, a study of laws and policy related to the environment provides a foundation for solving environmental problems. (Minor also available)
|Do you like teaching children about the environment? Do you want to teach people to make environmental choices?
This program fulfills the academic major requirements for elementary education candidates who wish to have a solid background in studies related to the environment.
Although environmental studies itself is not an endorsable area, some of the courses might be counted toward endorsement in other areas. Students should contact a faculty advisor for clarification of course work applications. This major must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.
Degrees By Category
- Energy Policy Minor
- Sustainable Design Minor
- Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Major
- Economics/Environmental Studies Major
- Environmental Studies – Elementary Major
- Environmental Science Major/Minor
- Environmental Education Major/Minor
- Environmental Policy Major/Minor
- Environmental Studies Major/Minor