Major Requirements - Environmental Science (Sustainability)

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science (Sustainability)

As the world continues to explore and address the impacts of environmental and human sustainability, it is important to provide a program that will give students the tools to deal with these critical issues in society. These critical issues include: air pollution, climate change, water and land resource change, energy production change, consumerism and societal needs for adaptation. Such issues can cross environmental, economic and societal borders and it is important to look at these issues holistically. For these reasons, the major in environmental science will take both an interdisciplinary and a multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues so students may identify problems, propose solutions, and inform others of such possible solutions.

The program is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with 15 core courses. Classes will focus on academic content and allow students opportunities for experiential learning both in the community and the unique landscape of George Williams College. As students reach completion of the program, opportunities for internships will allow further experiential development to prepare the student for the workforce or for the rigors of graduate school.

After program completion, students may pursue an environmental career in government, industry, public policy, advertising, environmental consulting, community development or urban and rural land-use planning. Students will also be well prepared to pursue graduate studies including environmental law or environmental studies with degree concentrations such as advocacy, biology, education, management, policy or sustainability.

Required core courses:

SUS2100                Environmental Ethics (4)
SUS2200                Environmental Chemistry (4)
SUS2300                Natural Resources Economics (4)
SUS3100                Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
SUS3200                Ecology and Conservation Biology (4)
SUS3300                Environmental Statistics (4)
SUS3400                Environmental Soils and Food Production (4)
SUS4100                Grant Writing and Fundraising (4)
SUS4200                Water Resources and Environment (4)
SUS4300                Senior Capstone in Environmental Issues (4)
SUS4500                Environmental Management (4)
SUS4600                Civilizations and Their Environment (4)
SUS4700                Energy and Changing Technology (4)

Required support core courses:

BIO2200                 Humans and the Environment (4)
NSM1300                Earth Science (4)

Elective courses:

SUS2400                Literature and the Environment (4)
SUS4400                Environmental Literacy and Critical Inquiry (4)
SUS4210                Terrestrial Ecosystems (4)

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