Environmental Science

Environmental Science BS

Environmental Science is the study of the interactions of our society with the Earth.  Environmental Scientists use a combination of field and laboratory research to understand the physical, chemical and biological processes that underlie these interactions. They use this information to make informed decisions regarding issues such as use of water resources, environmental protection and remediation of contaminated ecosystems.  Students learn the foundational concepts of environmental science and blend this with a diverse combination of upper-level courses across the sciences in order to prepare them for either employment in the environmental industry or advanced research degrees.

Careers

Students who select this major go on to further academic study at advanced levels and careers in the private sector, government/public service and non-profit organizations.  Employment opportunities include regulatory and other governmental agencies, conservation groups, and industry, especially the numerous environmental and engineering consulting firms throughout the region.  Employment opportunities for BS students commonly focus on issues of environmental planning and remediation, engineering, biodiversity, water quality and contamination, and natural resource conservation.

Curriculum

The Environmental Science BS is an interdisciplinary degree program that offers students a well-rounded background in the sciences.  Students complete a sequence of courses in biology, mathematics and chemistry, and combine this with classes from geology, geography, and economics in order to gain an understanding of the nature of environmental problems and the socioeconomic factors that influence them.   Students will be given the opportunity to study specific environmental problems such as groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces.  The capstone for this major is the Senior Research Seminar in which students gain experience with studying actual environmental issues and methodologies to resolve them.

Program Goals

After completing this program, students should

  • appreciate the scientific, economic, and political factors that combine to help us understand the inter-relationships between humans and the natural environment.
  • be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand and make sound decisions about a wide range of pressing environmental issues.
  • have studied specific environmental problems such as groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces.

Related Web Sites

Environmental Science Web Site 

Environmental Science Program Requirements

Environmental Science Flowcharts and Advising Sheets

Contacts

Dr. Sujith Ravi 
Department of Earth & Environmental Science
Beury Hall, Room 325B
215-204-7122
sravi@temple.edu

Dr. David Grandstaff
Department of Earth & Environmental Science
Beury Hall, Room 016-00
215-204-8228
david.grandstaff@temple.edu