The mission of the Environmental Science program at Muskingum University is to expose students to a nurturing and thought-provoking academic and research experience that will stimulate a life-long and genuine interest in the relationship between human beings and the natural environment of the earth.
Recent internships for Environmental Science students include:
NSF sponsored Research for Undergraduates (REU) Programs – Muskingum students have participated in a variety of REU programs at different Universities studying environmental issues. Examples include one student who studied at Furman University as part of their Basin Research program and another who participated in the University of Delaware’s REU program monitoring water samples in the Chesapeake Bay area.
Yellowstone National Park – summer internships as seasonal park rangers, with varied duties that may include tour guides, trash collection, fire services, trail maintenance, and safety training and enforcement.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association – field instructors lead units for 4th-8th-grade students integrating global education, multi-cultural studies, environmental issues and the arts.
Ohio Division of Wildlife - opportunities are available in both the areas of fish and wildlife management.
Columbus Zoo – opportunities to participate in animal care and educational programs.
Colgate-Palmolive offers a Corporate Technology Summer Program for college juniors and seniors to learn within a corporate setting. Participants are responsible for a research project under the guidance and support of a mentor.
Kenny B. Poland ('12) will participate in an internship with the Department of Mineral Resources in Cambridge, Ohio, starting in September.
Research opportunities are available through the departments that make up the interdisciplinary environmental science major. Biology, Chemistry, and Geology professors at Muskingum perform field work at The Wilds throughout the academic year and particularly in the summer. Student research during the summer is often supported through the College’s Summer Muskie Fellows Program. Some examples of research activity include:
Dr. Danny Ingold (Biology) works with students studying grassland birds at The Wilds. His current summer research student is studying nest site fidelity among ground-nesting birds at The Wilds.
Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau (Chemistry) and Dr. Toyin Osunsanya (Biology) have worked on a joint project to determine the relationship between the chemical composition of the soil and the resultant bacterial population of reclaimed strip-mined land from The Wilds.
Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau (Chemistry) is studying polymer-catalyst composite materials used in the electro-oxidation of pollutants in wastewater treatment processes. During the summer of 2005, she is also working with a current student participating in the Muskie Fellows program in conjunction with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District to analyze water and soil samples from the Salt Creek Watershed.
Dr. Stephen Van Horn (Geology) is working with another student in the Muskie Fellows program, studying the distribution of Ostracoda (a nearly microscopic crustacean) at The Wilds. Dr. Van Horn and his research students have also conducted a survey of major ion concentrations in surface water across a sequentially
Career Possibilities for Environmental Science Majors
Career paths for Environmental Science majors are extremely varied. Possibilities include, but are not limited to working as an environmental consultant, performing government service in agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Forest Service, working for a non-profit organization such as the World Wildlife Fund or The Nature Conservancy, performing laboratory analysis of environmental pollutants, and environmental education.
Alternatively, students may choose to continue their education and earn advanced degrees by attending graduate or professional school in a number of more specialized programs including those in environmental law, engineering, scientific research, and economics.
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The mission of the Environmental Science Program at Muskingum University is to expose students to a nurturing and thought-provoking academic and research experience that will stimulate a life-long and genuine interest in the relationship between human beings and the natural environment of the earth. In doing so, students will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will enable them to seek career and leadership positions in an array of environmentally-related areas ranging from economics to politics to the life and physical sciences.
Relationship between the Environmental Science Program and Muskingum University’s Missions
The nurturing and thought-provoking academic and research experience at the core of the Environmental Science Program aligns with the University’s mission to offer quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The focus on the relationship between human beings and the natural environment of the earth helps develop – intellectually and socially – whole persons by fostering critical thinking, positive action, and ethical sensitivity. The knowledge gained through this program that enables students to seek career and leadership positions in an array of environmentally-related areas ranging from economics to politics to the life and physical sciences leads to vocationally productive, personally satisfying, and socially responsible lives.