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Environmental Science

Director: Smolen

Environmental Science Advisory Board: Arango, Fingerut, Grogan, Hyson, McRobert, Rao, Snetselaar, Springer

Program Overview

The Environmental Science Program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on today’s many environmental concerns and prepares students for careers in the ever-growing field of environmental science. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of environmental issues from the perspectives of biological science, physical science, and policy. The strength and uniqueness of the Environmental Science Program at Saint Joseph’s University is a strong foundation in the natural sciences, which is critical to understanding the scientific concepts that underlie all environmental issues. Majors will work through a course of study that will develop an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, then move on to a series of upper-level courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, and environmental policy. By choosing upper division courses in the areas that most interest them, each student will have the ability to design a unique course of study that will prepare him or her for a particular environmentally related career. A semester-long internship affords students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the field of environmental science.

Learning Goals

  • Students will develop a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences, including environmental science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Students will develop skills in experimental design, surveying of scientific literature, data collection, and the interpretation of results, including statistical analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to become involved in faculty research.
  • Students will develop skills in presenting scientific information both orally and in writing.
  • Students will perform an internship to develop hands-on skills in the working world and create connections with people in the field of environmental science.

Learning Objectives

After completing the Environmental Science curriculum, students should be able accomplish the following:

  • Describe the basic environmental challenges facing the world today.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic biology, including cell biology, genetics, and organismal biology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general chemistry and physics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the other aspects of environmental science, such as economics, history, politics, sociology, etc.
  • Demonstrate skills in monitoring and understandings current events in the world as they relate to the field of environmental science.
  • Demonstrate competency in operating basic laboratory equipment required to quantify and measure accurately.
  • Apply skills in data reduction including choosing and interpreting appropriate statistical tests.
  • Develop cogent, well structured, and researched written and oral presentations of scientific material