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Environmental Studies Overview

In lieu of needed changes in the economy, energy production, business practices, environmental issues and governmental programs and incentives, “Green Jobs” have become a common phrase in the job market. People with an interdisciplinary background ranging from science, business, economic, and politics are going to be needed to examine and create solutions to complex issues and problems. With an environmental studies minor you will have a wide variety of excellent career opportunities available to you: from environment-related jobs with corporations, government departments at the federal, state, and local level, and environmental organizations.

Environmental Biologist • Environmental Chemist • Field Technician • Hazardous Waste Manager • Laboratory Technician • Lawyer • Pollution Inspector • Refuse Manager • Risk Assessor • Writer • Environmental Manager • Environmental Program Director

The challenge of maintaining and creating a sustainable environment is one of the most pressing problems facing our society and world today. The Environmental Studies Program draws information, ideas and concepts from the natural sciences and social sciences to deal with complex and interdisciplinary environmental issues. The program is based upon the recognition that environmental and resource problems are not just biological, geological, economic, or political but a complex combination of many disciplines. Therefore, this program is structured as an interdisciplinary study of natural and social sciences to combine knowledge across traditional disciplinary lines. This information is essential for an interdisciplinary assessment, analysis and evaluation of environmental problems.

Program Scheduling
The Environmental Studies minor is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies. Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 120 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Environmental Studies minor.

Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate. Students may receive elective credit for an internship through ENV 388, ENV 488, and/or ENV 491.