About Environmental Studies
Prepare for a career in the interdisciplinary field of environmental sciences.
You'll be well prepared for a professional career in environmental science, ecology-related positions or graduate work with the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at PennWest California. The B.S. in Environmental Studies degree offers a broad core of courses in biology and ecology, supplemented with courses in the Earth sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Each student has the opportunity to select from three concentrations and a wide range of electives in order to be well prepared for future work or advanced study.
Almost all courses include a laboratory portion where students study the practical application of the science, learn about the appropriate scientific technology and instruments, and study the biology and management of various organisms. Degree concentrations offer you the flexibility to focus on specific content areas in the environmental sector, leading to a variety of post-baccalaureate opportunities.
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Through various methods such as gathering information and data, considering values, and exploring consequences, students gain the tools necessary to effectively evaluate information about environmental issues and make informed decisions. Almost all courses include a laboratory portion, where students study the practical application of the science and learn about scientific technology, instruments and various organisms.
The environmental studies curriculum provides essential field opportunities through internships and undergraduate research projects in the environmental sciences. This core content is enhanced by the breadth of the University's general education requirements. Students also have access to PennWest California's Interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (ICES) and the nearby Student Association Farm.