In the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, you will explore the complex and rich relationships of humans (individuals, communities, society) with their physical environment.
Gain a first-hand appreciation for your physical surroundings, and a comprehensive understanding of our dependencies on the natural world in a rapidly changing 21st century. In this program you will explore science informed solutions to environmental problems involving government action, collective effort, and personal initiative. You will obtain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of human-environment interactions.
In addition to a field and research-based required core of 18 credits and a required GIS course, you will 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.
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Environmental Studies major learning goals
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 who enroll in this junior Directed Research Capstone (DRC) course for majors (Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics) will perform research projects in groups mentored one or more NSM faculty members, culminating in a research paper and presentation. As with internship classes in which students are required to establish their internship relationships prior to the start of the first class meeting, students in DRC are expected to have discussed and narrowed down their research interests with faculty members and each other in the semester prior to the start of the course, even forming preparatory research groups with peers. In this course students will gain an understanding of the processes of science and mathematics by doing science and math in a research context. Students will choose between laboratory-based research (which could lead, for example, to internship possibilities with Tufts Veterinary School or other laboratory –based internships), field-based research (research that takes place outside of a laboratory or library, and might be grounded in science or mathematics, but may also include substantial laboratory research as well), and mathematics research (long-term, open-ended exploration of a set of related mathematics questions whose answers connect to and build upon each other). Students will work closely with their faculty mentor(s) and in their research groups, with much of the work occurring outside of class times, to conceive of, shape, develop, complete, and report on a significant scientific research project.
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