Program Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Department of Environmental Studies is to enhance society’s ability to create an environmentally acceptable future that maximizes both environmental and human health. Faculty with diverse backgrounds in the social and natural sciences and in the humanities are committed to developing interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving. The curriculum is designed for students to gain an understanding of ways to evaluate the impact of human activities on the environment and human health, to balance social and economic needs with environmental realities, to learn how to use resources imaginatively for sustained yields, and to become aware of the role of values in issue formulation and policy making. Our curricular objectives include the ability:
- to critically analyze environmental issues;
- to research environmental problems and their impacts;
- to evaluate human interactions with the environment; and
- to compare, contrast, evaluate, and implement solutions that facilitate a sustainable environment.
For details about our graduate programs, please read our Graduate Handbook 2015-16 (pdf).