The Environmental Science Program at NHSC focuses on integrating local Fort Berthold environmental issues with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara cultures. The program will provide a solid foundation in a range of specialties including: water, air, and soil quality; wildlife, range, and fisheries management; toxicology; and resource conservation, which will enable our students to gain employment in a wide range of natural resource-related areas.
The two year Associate of Science degree flows seamlessly into the Bachelor of Science degree and graduates from NHSC’s environmental science program will be able to provide essential support for remediating, restoring, and managing local natural resources. The program will prepare students for employment in such fields as fish and wildlife management, recreation management, resource management, environmental quality and range/grasslands management. Although students will study a range of specialties, they should specialize in one of these fields through the choice of electives, the student internship, and their field research.
After completing the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science:
- The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced scientific research including project design, experimentation, statistical analysis and interpretation, writing and publication, and ethical considerations.
- The student will describe transport mechanisms for contaminants as they travel through various environmental media including water, soil, and air.
- The student will demonstrate current environmental issues on Fort Berthold as well as be able to associate them with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara beliefs and cultures.
- The student will be able to explain wildlife population ecology and management options for game and non-game/range species.
- The student will understand the cultural environmental impact of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation community.
- The student will explain the process involved in, the contents of, the analysis of, and the significance of environmental impact statements and assessments.
- The student will demonstrate the use of environmental geospatial tools.