A concern for the environment, its resources, and its continuing sustainability is basic to our well-being as individuals and as members of the world community. The Environmental and Earth Sciences Program examines a wide range of topics that arise from the interaction of humans with the environment. Inquiry is stimulated by learning the fundamental physical, geological, and biological processes that shape Earth's natural environment and the impact of humanity upon those processes. The study of environmental science is planned within a liberal arts context and also includes studies in environmental policy, literature, economics, and history. The program promotes interdisciplinary inquiry into environmental issues through education, outreach, internships, and research. Both the Environmental Science major and the Environmental Studies minor prepare students for careers and graduate study in science, law, government, business, and non-profit organizations.
The Environmental and Earth Sciences Program at Doane College nurtures students' perspectives on environmental topics and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental issues at the global, regional and local levels. The program will increase the students' competence in addressing these issues and their origins, consequences, and solutions. The Environmental and Earth Sciences program is interdisciplinary and designed to prepare its graduates for careers or advanced study in a variety of areas.
Students graduating with a major in environmental science or a minor in environmental studies
will be able to:
- Define and articulate the principles of the environmental and earth system sciences that apply to land, air, and water;
- Identify and communicate the complex relationships between approaches to environmental issues and the diverse political, social, and economic perspectives on the environment;
- Demonstrate information literacy by collecting and evaluating scientific literature through research, presentation, and writing projects;
- Express themselves clearly in written and oral form on a variety of environmental topics.
- Apply the scientific method by engaging in hypothesis formation, testing, and problem solving;
- Make informed decisions on issues of local, national and global environmental significance based on an understanding of the interrelationships between humans and natural Earth systems.