Environmental Science (major)

What you will study

As a student of environmental science, you work toward three advanced program outcomes: data gathering/analysis, effective communication/listening and persuasion, and problem management/adaptive strategies.

In the practice of data gathering/analysis, you have opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in inquiry-based search strategies in collecting data on environmental topics. You are asked to use appropriate data to perform risk assessments and to propose reasonable action as an effective citizen. You integrate frameworks drawn from multiple disciplines to analyze environmental issues and practices and accurately identify the strengths and limitations of your analysis.

In practicing effective communication/listening and persuasion, you respond to ideas from various perspectives and formulate viable approaches to environmental issues. You communicate your environmental research findings to various audiences using language, technology, concepts, models, and strategies appropriate to the discipline. Effective visual communication of numerical, spatial, and temporal data is especially important.

In working to develop problem management/adaptive strategies, you design and conduct environmental research using appropriate technology and laboratory and field data. You explore the complexity and interconnected nature of environmental issues and articulate a contextualized and pragmatic response to the selected issue. Finally, you professionally apply your discipline-based learning in one or more off-campus settings.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Environmental Science Major Beginning
MGT-210Economic Environment3
MT-123College Algebra3
Environmental Science Major Intermediate
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
GE-220Earth Science4
Take one MT or PH course from the following:3-4
Functions & Modeling
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Algebra-Based Physics I
Take a minimum of four Science electives courses from Biology or Chemistry 112
Environmental Science Major Advanced
ENV-341Geographical Information Systems3
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
ENV-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
ENV-374ENV Assessment in Effective Citizenship0
Take one GLS course of the following:3-4
United Nations & the World
World Geography: People, Places & Change
International Economics
Take two ENV electives for a minimum of 6 credits6
GE-410Environmental Geology4
ENV-491Integrated Environmental Seminar3
ENV-414ENV Professional Portfolio0

Must take at least one course in BI and one course in CH and at least one course must be at the 300 or 400 level.