The interdisciplinary field of environmental studies explores the complex and rich relationships of humans (individuals, communities, society) with their physical environment.
This timely major allows students to gain a first-hand appreciation for their physical surroundings and a comprehensive understanding of our dependencies on the natural world in a rapidly changing 21st century.
In addition to a field and research-based required core of 18 credits and a required GIS course, students choose 12 credits of course work from two categories: Naturalist Education and Ecological Philosophy, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement, and 9 credits of internship coursework. Throughout the program, a systems-based perspective and civically engaged environmental field research are emphasized. Students explore science informed solutions to environmental problems involving government action, collective effort, and personal initiative as they gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of human-environment interactions.
This course provides an interdisciplinary focus on the interactions between humans and the environment. Topics of consideration include an overview of ecosystems; population growth; species extinction and preservation; air, water, and soil pollution and control; agriculture and world food production; and preservation, conservation, and sustainable resource management. Specific case studies will be considered as well as the view of different cultures toward their physical surroundings.
Students enrolled in this interdisciplinary course complete a significant field research project focused on ecological sustainability. Students are expected to demonstrate ways of thinking and acting inherent in the practice of science. They use the language and instruments of science to collect, organize, interpret, and communicate information. Students utilize computer-based tools for organization, data collection, modeling, productivity, and presentation. The results are disseminated to the Lesley community and the general public through several venues (examples: poster session, oral, electronic and print forms of presentation).
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