Environmental Science/Studies Major
The environmental science/studies major at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences involves the systematic study of the environment and man's place in it. Consequently, it is highly interdisciplinary—integrating chemistry, geology, biology, statistics, atmospheric sciences, engineering, and physics together with social sciences and humanities in a broad, holistic study of the world. The fundamental issue addressed by environmental science is how to continue making improvements in human welfare within the limits of the earth's natural resources.
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No single degree program can encompass the breadth of subjects outlined above, so environmental science programs typically allow flexibility and cater to the interests of students. The various disciplines intertwine, but fortunately, in-depth knowledge of them all is not required. Global balance—or more specifically sustainable development—can be approached from different directions. Change can be made in terms of the world's population and peoples' attitudes. Change also can be made in terms of the environmental costs of industrial practices. Both will lessen humans' negative impacts on the planet.
The environmental science/studies program examines local, state, national, and international environmental issues. It integrates social, economic, technical, and political issues and analyzes problems related to ecological disruption, growth of human populations, land use, energy, water supply, food supply, pesticides, and pollution.
The program looks at long-term ecological, social, and economic perspectives to create sustainable solutions for local, national, and global environmental issues. Emphasis is placed on examining individual roles and responsibilities to current biological and ecological environmental problems, and developing social/scientific models to illustrate how one individual can be part of the solution to an environmental problem.
The college is well-qualified to offer this interdisciplinary degree. NSU currently offers courses, programs, and degrees in the academic areas that comprise environmental science. The university also provides training in basic and applied research (e.g., through the Health Professions Division and the Oceanographic Center). Students completing either the science or the studies option will benefit from internships and specific laboratory training that are part of the proposed curriculum of their fourth year.
The environmental science/studies major is offered during the day and evening on NSU's main campus.