Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
The Environmental Science program is located on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. Environmental Science is a discipline that will prepare students to understand – and help solve—some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. From sustainable growth and pollution control to learning about water problems and ecosystem degradation, students learn to analyze environmental challenges and find possible solutions. The Environmental Science degree explores ecological resiliency through a wide range of field, laboratory, and classroom courses on topics including, but not limited to, soil science, water resources and management, mountain environments, waste remediation, and geospatial sciences. Students tackle these environmental problems from the perspective of timely global challenges such as climate change and human population growth. This interdisciplinary program allows students to choose from a variety of courses to tailor a degree plan to their interests and keep them diversified in a constantly growing and changing field.
Environmental Science Program Mission
The mission of the Environmental Science program is to provide a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment. Students will be expected to take a variety of courses in numerous departments. The objective of the environmental science courses is to integrate multidisciplinary course materials. Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems in Colorado, particularly in mountain and urban environments, and address topics such as sustainable community growth, pollution control, prevention, and reduction, water supply and quality assessment, waste management, site remediation, and environmental geologic hazards. Students will be prepared for careers in environmental and resource management, environmental risk assessment, environmental modeling, environmental monitoring and sampling, environmental policy and planning, site assessment and remediation, water quality analysis and treatment, habitat planning, or environmental geology.
Environmental Science Program Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify and explain environmental processes and human – environment interactions.
- Students will be able to apply interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to environmental problems.
- Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems at a local and global scale.
- Students will be able to acquire the ability to monitor and sample environmental conditions.
- Students will be able to design effective oral presentations and scientific papers.