Environmental Science / Studies
Bachelor of Science (Env. Scienc) programs.
Environmental Studies/Science examine:
- natural processes in our environment
- the dependence of human society on nature, and
- our impact on nature through culture and technology.
What's the difference?
Environmental Science emphasizes a natural science curriculum, while Environmental Studies integrates natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Both explore issues related to our growing human population, use and overuse of resources, damage caused by pollution and disturbance, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural ecosystems (Freedman, 2004).
An Urgent Need / High Demand
Without informed and caring citizens, the deterioration of our natural environment will continue. In addition, society has great demand for Environmental Science graduates, as employment in the environmental sector is growing faster than overall employment.
For student perspectives on the Environmental Science/Studies programs, you are invited to read the following student profiles & articles:
With the speed at which our knowledge and understanding of our world changes, the ability to be flexible and adaptable becomes critical in securing employment.
The core curriculum at Augustana nurtures the necessary diverse background in not only the natural sciences, but also in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.
Connection Through Experiential Education
The Augustana program includes an outdoor or experiential education component (e.g. from biology, geography, or physical education-outdoor education) giving graduates a connection to the physical environment, the people, and organisms impacted by our society.
The programs conform to the competency profile for environmental employment as provided by the Environmental Careers Organization and by the Canadian Council of University Environmental Science Program Heads.
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