BA in Environmental Science

General

Program Description

The Environmental Science and Studies major is a two-track (science and studies) interdisciplinary program rooted in the natural and social sciences and designed to provide students with an understanding and application of the integration of multiple disciplines in solving complex problems arising at the interface of human existence with the rest of the natural world. Environmental Science and Studies Majors are prepared to enter careers in fields such as conservation of natural resources, environmental science, environmental law, renewable energies, urban planning and environmental policy. Students engage in interactive seminars, either conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member or participate in an appropriate internship and are encouraged to take advantage of field biology May Term courses. A minor in environmental studies is also available.


Requirements

Core plus 10 course credits:

  • BI 151 Biology I: Ecosystems, Cells, and Evolution
  • BI 152 Biology II: Phylogeny, Structure, and Function
  • BI 209 Ecology
  • BI 211 Genetics
  • BI 455 Methods of Biological Research
  • BI 456 Student-Originated Research
  • CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CH 190 Environmental Chemistry
  • CH 205 Introductory Organic Chemistry or
  • CH 217 Analytical Chemistry

One course credit from:

  • BA 418 Sustainable Economics and Finance or
  • EC 418 Sustainable Economics and Finance
  • EC 118 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 295 Special Topics (Only topics approved by EPC.)

One field biology course credit from:

  • BI 206 Ecology of Guyana I and
  • BI 216 Ecology of Guyana II
  • BI 207 Vertebrate Ecology of the Prairie
  • BI 208 Island Ecology
  • BI 295 Special Topics (Only topics approved by EPC.)
  • BI 315 Ornithology
  • BI 320 Aquatic Biology
  • BI 325 Behavioral Ecology


Undergraduate research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Funding is available for students to engage in research and travel to conferences to present their research. Wartburg College Undergraduate Research (W.C.U.R.) provides resources for faculty working with students as well as conference listings and publications that accept student submissions.


Why participate in undergraduate research?

Wartburg students work closely with a faculty mentor. Undergraduate research enhances students' understanding and knowledge of their chosen academic field. Research helps students clarify their academic, career, and personal interests. Students gain academic credentials that help expand their resume by presenting at conferences or working on a research team. Wartburg students learn skills in communication (written and oral), critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.

Last updated Jul 2018

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