Department of Earth, Environment, and Physics
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science major for students interested in scientific aspects of human interactions with the natural world. Course work includes fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science. The major provides a broad foundation, introducing students to scientific techniques, analyses, and tools for assessing human impacts on environmental systems and for mitigating or remediating environmental harm. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations of environmental systems are emphasized in course work and through opportunities for guided research with faculty mentors.
The Environmental Science major provides a pathway into a variety of careers and graduate programs. The major is appropriate for students interested in careers in education, environmental conservation. natural resource management, environmental consulting, planning, and a wide variety of specialized scientific disciplines. Environmental science majors are well prepared for graduate studies in the earth and environmental sciences as well as diverse fields such as business, law, environmental management, or sustainability studies.
Timothy L. Cook, Associate Professor (2012), B.S. Brown University; M.S. University of Delaware; Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
Meghna Dilip, Associate Professor (2008), B.Sc. University of Madras India; M.Sc. Anna University India; M.S.,Ph.D. University of Alabama
Allison Dunn, Associate Professor (2007), B.A. Oberlin College; M.A.,Ph.D. Harvard University
Nirvana Filoramo, Assistant Professor (2011), B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.S. Iowa State University; Ph.D. University of Connecticut
William J. Hansen, Department Chair, Professor (2005), B.A. State University of New York Albany; M.A. Hunter College; Ph.D. City University of New York Graduae Center
Margaret E. Kerr, Professor (2000), B.S. University of Maine; Ph.D. Wesleyan University
Douglas E. Kowalewski, Associate Professor (2012), B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D. Boston University
Kathleen Murphy, Assistant Professor (2014), B.S. College of William and Mary; M.S.,Ph.D. University Of Massachusetts Amherst
Steven J. Oliver, Department Chair, Professor (2003), B.A. University of Montana; Ph.D. Boston University
Randall Tracy, Professor (2003), B.S.,M.S. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. Arizona State University
Sebastian Velez, Associate Professor (2012), B.S. University of Puerto Rico; M.S. University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. Harvard University
EV-120 Integrated Environmental Science for Educators
LASC Categories: NSP, LAB
Introduction to the scientific method. Physical, biological and earth sciences as applied to problems in environmental science. Three lecture hours and Two laboratory hours per week.
Every year. 4 Credits
EV-150 Environmental Science
LASC Categories: NSP
Interdisciplinary scientific study of human impacts on natural systems. Introduction to fundamental concepts and tools of environmental impact analysis.
Every year. 3 Credits
EV-199 Special Topics in Environmental Science
Lecture or laboratory course in selected areas of Environmental Science presented by departmental instructor. Topics will be announced in advance.
EV-400 Environmental Science Seminar
A capstone course. Independent projects include studying scientific literature, summarizing peer- reviewed articles, preparing science lessons with experiments, preparing resumes.
Spring only and every year. 3 Credits
EV-408 Directed Study: Environmental Science
Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.
EV-410 Independent Study in Environmental Science
Opportunity for advanced students to pursue a topic of special interest involving extensive reading, experimentation, and research.
EV-412 Special Topics in Environmental Science
Intended for the undergraduate who wishes to undertake study of selected topics in Environmental Science of mutual interest to student and faculty.
EV-420 Advanced Geoscience Research and Frieldwork
Lab and or field-based research on a specific geoscience topic under supervision of a faculty member. [Permission of instructor.]
Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits