The environmental studies curriculum is designed to give students the depth of intellectual and analytical skills along with the scholarly background necessary to understand and solve environmental problems. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the resources of many related fields to provide the rigorous analysis necessary to understand environmental problems and formulate decisions that are environmentally sound.
- The Department of Environmental Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Sciences degrees.
- The Bachelor of Arts degree allows students a variety of specialization courses in both social and natural sciences.
- The Bachelor of Science degree is intended to give intensive training in either the biological or physical sciences.
- The Master of Science in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary, graduate degree designed for professionals, practitioners, citizens and students who wish to strengthen their knowledge of the environment.
The Department of Environmental Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and Master of Science degrees.
The Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizes a combination of social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The B.A. in environmental studies prepares students for entry-level positions and graduate opportunities in many diverse fields, including urban and regional planning, environmental impact analysis, natural resource management, environmental education, conservation administration, energy policy, public interest lobbying, and environmental law.
The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to specialize in either the environmental aspects of physical or biological science. Each of these areas of specialization emphasizes broad and comprehensive training in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science directly related to environmental questions. This training is for those students who wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of the impact of science and technology on society, and who wish to contribute to the solution of environmental problems.
UNCW requires all undergraduates students to participate in learning activities outside the classroom. The goal of this requirement is help students be successful as they move beyond UNCW into their careers. To that end, the Environmental Studies Department (EVS) offers several options for fulfilling the UNCW requirement. These include Applied Service Learning placements, Directed Independent Studies, Honors Projects, Undergraduate and Graduate Practica placements, and Study Abroad.
Practica remain the most popular avenue to fulfill the requirement and have substantial benefits for students. EVS Practica are similar to internships, except that practica are more targeted to work in our major specifically. According to the UNCW Career Center, "Most employers (87.2 percent) interviewed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) said their new hires . . . have internship or co-op experiences. Nearly 40 percent of interns are offered full-time jobs upon graduation." Practica also allow students to "test drive" a specific career option before committing to it on graduation.
The Department of Environmental Studies is actively involved in applied research, linking environmental quality with management capacity and educational opportunities. Both faculty and students participate in research which can not only lead to significant discoveries, but also make teaching and learning real. In the classroom or in the field, the environment is the perfect laboratory.
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Last updated March 20, 2017