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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

The minor in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program, which gives students the opportunity to examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. The knowledge of environmental science major issues is central to theories and research in chemistry, biology, civil engineering, as well as social science, business, and public policy. The purpose of this program is to provide students with the broad conceptual framework of environmental issues and to offer a new global vision of this interesting discipline. A Minor in Environmental Science aims at providing quality education to interested students and enriching their knowledge in existing global environmental issues and problems. It is expected to expose them to important issues related to environmental problems and their causes, including but not limited to ecosystems and how they work, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, species extinction, air pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, solid waste disposal, and renewable energy.Concepts in environmental ethics, management and policies concerning preservation of the environment will also be provided. Additionally it covers topics related to the study of natural and non-natural chemical and microbiological substances in the environment and their transformations, ending with remediation to most of environmental pollution issues.

Educational Objectives

  1. Provide students with an understanding of the social, economic, political and legal framework of environmental issues
  2. Provide students with enough background to be able to collect, analyze and formulate possible solutions to environmental problems.
  3. Provide students with understanding of the intertwining effects and impacts of human activities on the world vital natural resources.
  4. Better prepare students for the job market.

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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