The Environmental Studies degree programs are designed to ensure that students graduate with specific knowledge and capabilities desired by potential employers and graduate schools.

General understandings of:

  • The history of environmentalism and environmental politics
  • Basic and advanced ecology, with particular focus on urbanized regions
  • The properties of chemicals and their impacts on the ecosystem
  • Evidence-based research methods to understand environmental change
  • Understanding and interpreting quantitative changes to the environment
  • Testing relationships between causes and effects in the environment
  • Economics and decision-making
  • Social and political processes that affect the environment
  • Urban systems and the use of resources
  • Design methods to change consumption patterns
  • Geographic differences in environmental conditions
  • Public policies that affect the environment
  • Environmental risk and risk disparities
  • The role of science in establishing environmental policies
  • Visualizing information to inform and persuade

 Specific capabilities to:

  • Design and carry out an environmental research project
  • Analyze water and air quality
  • Diagram basic ecological processes, such as water and carbon cycles
  • Map materials flows
  • Interpret comparative lifecycle assessments
  • Analyze whole-of-life costing
  • Gather and analyze social and demographic data
  • Map social and environmental data and interpret the results
  • Critique an environmental risk assessment
  • Develop soft systems maps of interrelated urban constraints and variables
  • Devise field tests and prototypes of sustainable designs
  • Observe and analyze urban environmental behaviors
  • Conduct basic surveys
  • Do basic descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Use design, mapping, and statistical software
  • Research, analyze, and write about environmental issues
  • Participate in government decision-making at local, state, and national levels
  • Organize and work in teams to solve complex problems
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