The environmental science major exists to provide tools for scientific observation and analysis of the environment. Using an interdisciplinary approach to scientific study, the major compliments studies of biology and chemistry with theological, philosophical, and legal perspectives on the environment.
Recognizing that environmental issues cannot be separated from the human condition, this major explores other areas of study and seeks interdisciplinary perspectives. Through academic study and field experience, the major develops an understanding that leads to "a perceptive and creative relationship between God, humanity and the natural world" (Fresno Pacific Idea). Opportunities also exist for studying abroad in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The environmental science major is designed for graduates requiring broad scientific training for government, business, nonprofit organizations or graduate study. Recent graduates have found employment with government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and CalTrans, and with non-profit organizations such as the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust.
Students may choose from two degree programs:
- The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who desire greater flexibility in their undergraduate coursework. This flexibility may be used to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.
- The B.S. degree is appropriate for those who seek greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.
Environmental science majors are strongly encouraged to supplement their major with coursework offered at one of several excellent off-campus programs. Students may study for a summer or semester with programs such as AuSable Institute, the Global Stewardship and Sustainability Program, the School for Field Studies, Latin American Studies Program Tropical Ecology and Sustainability track or other approved programs. Courses taken through these programs may be used as electives or, when appropriate, substituted for major core requirements. Please contact the International Programs and Services Office and the environmental science program director for further information.