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About Conservation and Environmental Science

The alarming rate of climate change, habitat destruction and, species extinction over the last 2 decades has catalyzed our resolve to find solutions to growing environmental problems:

  • the contamination of air, water and soil;
  • the spread of toxic chemicals;
  • invading species driving out native populations, and
  • the progressive loss of habitats that species need to grow, survive, and reproduce.

These problems are not simple; finding solutions requires the integration and interpretation of biological, chemical, geological, and social sciences. Coursework in the undergraduate interdisciplinary major provides training in areas such as ecosystem management, natural resources conservation, environmental assessment, and environmental education.

The undergraduate degree program has a flexible structure, consisting of a series of required courses plus electives that students choose according to their individual interest. Due to the breadth and flexibility of this major, it is extremely important that students seek advising early in their program and continually consult with the Director or Coordinator.

Affiliated faculty members from collaborating departments are also available for students to contact: