Professors Rossell (Chair); Associate Professors Eggers, Gillette, Langille, McNamee, Wilcox; Assistant Professor Laughlin; Lecturers Hagedorn, Ward
The B.S. in Environmental Studies prepares students for graduate studies or for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including biology, chemistry, economics, earth science, policy, sociology, and other natural and social sciences.
The department offers students the opportunity to pursue one of three concentrations: Earth Science, Ecology and Environmental Biology, or Environmental Management and Policy. Earth Science students may focus on mineral processing, which involves the analysis and processing of minerals following extraction. They may also choose to pursue teacher licensure. Individualized options can be developed for students interested in other areas of environmental studies, such as Human Ecology, Environmental Journalism, or Environmental Education.
Integral to all degree concentrations is an on-the-job internship, which allows students to make connections between academics and organizations that work on environmental issues. Internships, which may be completed in western North Carolina or elsewhere, contribute to career planning, preparation, and job placement.