New in Fall 2015, the minor in environmental studies has as its central organizing principle that to understand the human/environment relationship, students must understand how to examine this relationship from multiple disciplinary perspectives, within and outside the natural sciences. The minor draws on fundamental scientific knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, engineering, physics, and biology to provide advanced scientific understanding of contemporary environmental challenges, such as, air and water pollution, or the potential for alternative energy supplies. In addition, Environmental Studies provides a broadly integrated understanding to the social, political, and historical context of our environmental challenges. It also examines the ethical and moral aspects of humankind’s relationship with non-human animals and other species, ecosystems, and the planetary commons in order to determine the nature and extent of humankind’s moral responsibilities concerning the natural world.
Environmental Studies Liberal Learning Interdisciplinary Concentration
Environmental Sustainability Education Minor