For Environmental Science major and minor requirements, please refer to the academic catalog.
Westminster’s environmental science/studies program is a challenging interdisciplinary curriculum that combines academic rigor with real world experience (field trips, field courses, and internships). Environmental studies emphasizes the social/political/human attributes of the environment and environmental science focuses on the scientific aspects. A required internship program ensures that students in environmental science have first-hand experience with issues of the day while developing professional contacts.
Introduction to Physical Geology students take field trips to examine rock formations, travel through caves and examine landforms along streams. Introductory environmental science students travel to the wastewater treatment plant, landfill and water district wells. Advanced geography students use geographic information to make computerized spatial maps. One of the newest field courses takes students to Argentina.
The program also offers opportunities for off-campus study of the national parks of the United States as well as Costa Rica and the geology of Hawaii. An integrative capstone course draws together skills learned in the natural and social sciences to write and defend an environmental impact statement for an off-campus project.
Employment in fields such as agriculture, community planning, environmental consulting, natural resource management, environmental health and safety, environmental law, hazardous waste management, naturalist, pollution control, and wildlife management.
- Staff in federal agencies such as National Resource Conservation Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, and Geological Study.
- Staff in state agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks, and the Department of Conservation.
- Employment with county health departments, law firms, and non-profit organizations such as the Sierra Club, private consulting firms, and school systems.
Name: Irene Unger
Position: Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Office: Room 222, Coulter Science Center