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OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM:
The UW-Green Bay major in Environmental Science is designed to guide students in their quest for knowledge and to help them analyze, understand, and solve environmental problems.
The program of study in the Environmental Science major is interdisciplinary, emphasizing an integrated approach to knowledge in the field. Because the study of environmental problems requires a sound understanding of scientific principles, the Environmental Science major is grounded in the natural sciences and mathematics. The curriculum includes a social science component, enabling students to gain an understanding of environmental economic and policy issues. Field experiences, internships and practicums are emphasized.
Students majoring in Environmental Science at UW-Green Bay will pursue a course of study that will prepare them to address current issues and problems related to biological resources and their management such as preservation, restoration, and sustainable use. They will additionally study the dynamic physical and chemical processes occurring in both natural and polluted environmental systems to provide the scientific and technological basis from which to understand, evaluate, and manage the impact of human activities.
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MAJOR :
This major is fitted for students who are SERIOUSLY interested in environmental concerns and studies.
Students who plan to pursue this major should emphasize science and mathematics in their course work. Courses in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and mathematics provide the needed background.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS MAJOR AT UWGB:
- HISTORY . While many universities are just beginning to recognize the need for environmental science programs, UW-Green Bay has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in the field. It was one of the first programs in the nation.
- EXPERTISE . Faculty members are actively addressing environmental problems and their solutions at the regional, national, and international levels. This keeps them up to date on current trends and topics in the filed.
- OPPORTUNITY . The faculty provides opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in their research projects, where students can gain valuable knowledge and experience.
- EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE. The interdisciplinary course focus allows students to have a diverse education. They receive hands on and practical learning experiences in both the laboratory and the field.
- GUIDANCE . The faculty is highly involved in the students education, both inside and outside of the classroom.
- SUCCESS . A significant number of the graduates of this major gain entry-level positions in the environmental science field. About one-third of these positions are in the public sector, and two-thirds are in the private sector in industries, business, and engineering consulting firms. Numerous graduates have successfully completed masters and doctoral degrees.
SKILLS & ABILITIES GAINED WITH THIS MAJOR:
- Formulate and interpret models that describe environmental processes.
- Facility with laboratory and field instrumentation, software for statistical analysis and modeling, taxonomic keys, and other practical skills.
- Design and implement research strategies and procedures to collect, organize, evaluate, and interpret data that characterize environmental systems.
- Characterize and analyze human impacts on the environment.
- Design and evaluate strategies, technologies and methods for remediation of degraded environments.
- Design and evaluate strategies for sustainable management of environmental systems.
- Access and manage data resources applicable to environmental processes and management.
FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT UW-GREEN BAY:
Environmental Science students have access to modern computer facilities which are continually upgraded. Computing software resources emphasizing geographic information systems (GIS) and mathematical modeling and statistical analysis tools also are available. In addition to general access computer laboratories, students can also use two science-dedicated computer laboratories.
Students wishing to gain hands-on field experiences have access to the Coffin Arboretum on campus, several natural areas in the region, the University Herbarium, and the Richter Natural History Museum. The latter two facilities will soon be moving into new and expanded space. A variety of equipment is available for environmental measurements and monitoring.
Laboratory instrumentation enhances student opportunities to perform chemical analyses which are important in environmental monitoring. Such instrumentation includes mass spectrometers, infrared and visible-ultraviolet spectrophotometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, gas-liquid chromatographs and high performance liquid chromatographs. In addition to opportunities to monitor air and surface-water quality, the presence of three wells have been drilled on campus specifically for the purpose of creating opportunities to monitor ground water.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MAJOR :
As industries begin to recognize their responsibility to help create and maintain a sustainable environment, they create positions dealing with waste management, pollution reduction, and other environmental responsibilities. Many UW-Green Bay Environmental Science graduates go on to advanced study in Environmental Science or scientific disciplines. Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider in Environmental Science.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE majors:
Agricultural Scientist, Botanist, Ecologist, Forest Ranger, Oceanographer, Agricultural Technician, Engineering Technician, Forester, Outdoor Trip Leader, Air And Water Quality Manager, Environmental Analyst, Fund Raiser, Park Ranger, Air Pollution Analyst, Environmental Consultant, Geographer, Environmental Educator, Geologist, Project Manager, Biochemist, Environmental Engineer, Geophysicist, Public Health Veterinarian, Biologist, Environmental Engineering, Hazardous Waste Manager, Range Manager, Biomedical Engineer, Environmental Health Specialist, Hydrologist, Resource Economist, Biotechnologist, Environmental Lawyer, Industrial Hygienist, Seismologist, Chemical Technician, Environmental Lobbyist, Journalist, Author, Photographer, Soil Conservation Technician, Chemist, Environmental Nurse, Management Consultant, Teacher, City Planner, Environmental Physician, Meteorologist, Urban and Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Environmental Planner, Microbiologist/Wastewater Plant Operator, Conservation Agent, Environmental Scientist, Natural Resource Specialist, Wildlife Manager, Conservation Systems Analyst, EPA Inspector, Natural Resource Manager, Conservationist, Zoologist…
The following list represents a few of the kinds of businesses and institutions that employ ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE graduates:
Careers can be found in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities in the Public Sector include local government agencies, state government agencies, federal government agencies, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife Services, National Park Service, National Forest Service, Food and Drug Administration…
Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook for these occupations? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook @ http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
Also check out these books! Information about careers and placement services can be found in "The Environmental Careers Organization's- Environmental Careers in the 21st Century" (1999); and David J. Warner's "Environmental Careers: A Practical Guide to Opportunities in the 1990s" (1992).
LINKS TO GRAD PROGRAMS:
- Graduate School Guide. The comprehensive on-line guide to doctoral, masters, and professional programs. http://www.schoolguides.com
- Gradschools.com. The most comprehensive online source of Graduate School Information. http://www.gradschools.com/
- Peterson’s.com. The most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the web. http://www.petersons.com/
- Or you can try any of the following search engine sites for information on the graduate school program of your choice! http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.infoseek.com, or http://www.snap.com
LINKS TO WEB SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Great Lakes Information Network. A partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the Great Lakes region of North America. Homepage @ http://www.great-lakes.net/
- The Student Conservation Association. The SCA provides people the opportunity to serve and protect our nation's valuable national parks, forests and urban communities. Information on internships, employment, and volunteer opportunities can be found here. Homepage @ http://www.sca-inc.org/
- Environmental Jobs and Careers. Homepage @ http://www.ejobs.org
- EnviroLink . A non-profit organization and a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available. http://www.envirolink.org/
- US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is a great resource for Environmental Science majors and can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Homepage @ http://www.fws.gov
- Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Services. To protect and enhance our Natural Resources, To provide a clean environment, To insure the right of all Wisconsin citizens to use and enjoy them, and to consider the future. Homepage @ http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/
LINKS FOR MORE HELP:
- For course listings and descriptions for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE and other disciplines, check out UW-Green Bay’s Programs of Study page @ http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/undrgrad/programs.htm
- More help is available on-campus at the Career Services Office at SS 1600, 465-2163. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/careers
- Contact Academic Advising at SS 1600, 465-2362. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/advising
- Another service for UW System students on the Web is UW HELP On-Line. This service provides in-depth information on the programs of the UW System. You can find them at @ http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu