New interdisciplinary major announced in environmental science

New interdisciplinary major announced in environmental science

The University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences has announced the establishment of a new interdisciplinary major in environmental science.

This new program is focused on solving environmental problems that lie at the interface between biology, chemistry, and geology: ground and surface-water contamination, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, global climate change and alteration of the world's oceans.

Students will choose one of three concentrations (biology, chemistry, or geology) leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. They will take courses in each of these areas plus allied courses in mathematics, engineering and the social sciences. Two "bookend" courses, Environmental Problem Solving and Senior Research Seminar, will bring together majors from all of the concentrations to work on problems that require an interdisciplinary solution. These courses will provide practical, problem-based experiences necessary for learning to think across disciplines, not just within them.

This program provides preparation for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in conservation biology, environmental science, earth system science, or other environmentally focused programs of study in the sciences.  It also prepares students planning other types of environmental careers, such as environmental consulting, law, policy, or research.

To learn more about a St. Thomas major in environmental science, visit the program's Web site or contact the program director, Dr. Thomas Hickson, (651) 962-5241.