The Environmental Studies program of study is composed of a four-‐course sequence that covers environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues and management. Students will engage in scientific inquiry related to local and regional environmental problems and issues in natural resource management. As such, scientific practices are emphasized; these include identification of EANR-‐related problems, data collection and analysis, computational reasoning, technical writing and communication. Students will be introduced to a variety of technologies and techniques related to environmental research, including remote sensing, ecological monitoring, and analytic testing. This program also emphasizes environmental ethics involved in making decisions that impact local ecosystems and the ability of communities to live sustainably in the region. Students are encouraged to participate in internships, work-‐study, service learning, and/or job shadow opportunities at any time during the program of study. All students will participate in a capstone experience that involves the conception, development, and implementation of a research project based on individual interest. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit through articulation agreements with Maryland colleges.
Prerequisite: Environmental Technologies and Techniques
This course focuses on developing critical thinking, communication skills and knowledge of ethics related to EANR issues. Topics will include both plant and animal biomedical research; genetically engineered cells; the use, distribution and availability of natural resources across populations. Students will engage in topics and communicate the findings and implications of their research to appropriate audiences. Students will explore the interplay of economic, social, political independent research on current environmental and cultural aspects of EANR problems and issues, and propose ethical, data-driven solutions.
Prerequisite: Natural Resource Management
This course focuses on emerging and renewable technologies (Design for the Environment, LEED, carbon auditing, pollution credits, resources shared, wind and solar power), techniques in watershed and landscape restoration, environmental technologies including those related to remote sensing, ecological monitoring and analytic testing. Students will explore and critically evaluate the role of technology in preventing, controlling mitigating and remediating environmental problems and issues.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Biology
This course focuses on interdisciplinary study of environmental problems and dilemmas related to population growth, energy usage, air, land and water pollution, commercial agriculture, and biodiversity loss in their communities, the state and the region. These problems and dilemmas will be used to explore science topics such as biogeochemical cycles, hydrology, geology, ecology and climatology. They will explore EANR related careers and investigate one or more of these careers based on individual interests.
Prerequisite: Human Ecology and Environmental Problem Solving
This course explores existing and emerging principles of sustainable environmental management such as the precautionary principle, pollution prevention and wingspread principles. Students will participate in field experiences to enhance learning. Students will learn relevant laboratory and field-based sampling techniques for evaluating ecological conditions and adaptive management principles for conversation.