Environmental Science

Environmental Science Program Philosophy

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1. What will students gain from this program of study?

Students will gain an understanding of how the physical, biological, and chemical processes operate in the natural environment of the Earth, and comprehend the complex connections and interactions among these processes. Students will learn the necessity of conserving our natural resources for maintaining and improving the quality of human life and students will develop a sense of service toward promoting environmental stewardship for future generations.

2. Is there anything unique or special about UIW's offering of this program?

The Environmental Science program provides a comprehensive liberal arts education with a unique core curriculum connected with a broad-based and in-depth education in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

3. Who is this program designed for ?

The Environmental Science degree program is designed for students who wish to receive a comprehensive environmental science education for the purpose of research into and management of Earth's natural resources, and for promotion of environmental protection of these resources for public health and welfare.

4. What types of jobs/professions or post-graduate work can a student graduating from this program hope to get?

A student graduating from the Environmental Science program may find employment with local, state, or federal agencies that deal with the protection, management, and regulation of natural resources. Such agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and other state and federal employers. Students may also find employment with private firms and companies involved with environmental consulting that includes assessment, remediation, and environmental law. In general, graduates employed in the public or private sector may find themselves working on diverse projects such as surface and ground water pollution, soil contamination from hazardous wastes, disposal of hazardous and nuclear wastes, urban development and expansion, remediation and cleanup at Superfund sites, identification of potential geological hazards, and conservation of biodiversity.

5. Is there a program philosophy ?

The Environmental Science program philosophy seeks to develop in the student an appreciation of the Earth's fragile ecosystems through education and understanding of the Earth's biosphere. The student learns to critically analyze and evaluate environmental problems and issues, and identify possible solutions compatible with the needs and requirements of all life within the environment.