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Department of Civil Engineering

Minor in Environmental Science

Minor in Environmental Science- Administered jointly by the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Natural Sciences

Overview

The Minor in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program administered jointly by the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Natural Sciences. The purpose of the program is to provide students with a broad conceptual framework for understanding environmental issues, from a global perspective.

Mission

The Minor in Environmental Science aims at providing a quality education to students interested in enriching their knowledge of existing global environmental issues and problems. It exposes them to important issues related to environmental problems and their causes. Concepts in environmental ethics, management and policies concerning the preservation of the environment are also provided. Additionally, the program covers topics related to the study of natural and non-natural chemical and microbiological substances in the environment and their transformations, and discusses methods of remediation to most environmental pollution issues.

Educational Objectives

The Minor in Environmental Science aims at providing students with:

  1. an understanding of the social, economic, political and legal framework of environmental issues,
  2. sufficient background to be able to collect, analyze and formulate possible solutions to environmental problems,
  3. an understanding of the intertwining effects and impacts of human activities on the world’s vital natural resources, and
  4. better job market opportunities.

Student Outcomes

  1. Understand the underlying concepts and principles associated with environmental science.
  2. Identify sources of water, soil and air pollutants.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the practical/field dimensions of a range of environmental problems and issues.
  4. Understand the interrelationships between society, economy and environment.
  5. Ability to critically review environmental impact assessment reports.
  6. Discuss remediation strategies of a variety of environmental contaminants.
  7. Recognize potential harmful role of human being in shaping the environment.

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