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Mission Statement

The Environmental Studies program is designed to provide a sound scientific, socio-economic, and philosophical background for understanding the earth’s environment.

Solutions to environmental problems require interdisciplinary approaches. This interdisciplinary program requires a sound base in both biological and physical sciences to provide an understanding of how the world works and courses in agriculture, sociology, philosophy, and economics to provide an understanding of the importance of human and economic values in making environmental decisions. Thus, a goal of the program is to offer a curriculum that emphasizes the relevance of human and economic values and science in making prudent environmental decisions. Within the scope of the program, skills can be developed in at least one discipline – the discipline area in which the student chooses to satisfy requirements for a minor. This program affords preparation for many post baccalaureate options, some that might not otherwise be available without this interdisciplinary background. Several options that are likely to be available include, but are not limited to, graduate studies, corporate environmental affairs, local/state/federal government departments, environmental organizations, and environmental law school.