Environmental Science



Mission and Goals

The Environmental Program at Carroll College is an integrated and collaborative effort designed to foster connection with the environment and responsible stewardship of the natural resources, ecosystems, and wild areas we depend on. Our goal is to prepare students to become sound environmental citizens who can understand the interdisciplinary connections and practical collaborations that will lead us to a more sustainable future.

The Environmental Science major emphasizes field-based and project oriented studies, fosters critical thinking and problem solving, practical field skills. Our progressive field based curriculum centers on the process of scientific investigation, experiential learning, reflection and communication. Course-based research experiences, spanning from freshman year to graduation, are designed to prepare students for independent thesis projects or internships, and ultimately graduate study or an environmental career. A high percentage of Environmental students participate in research, complete an independent thesis, present at a variety of regional and national student and professional settings, and/or work as interns at local, state, and federal agencies. 

This major is an excellent option for students seeking a career path in scientific field work, environmental assessment, resource conservation, and for those intending to continue with graduate studies in environmental or natural sciences. It is especially designed for the curious, interested, or undecided student desiring a solid introduction to sciences, practical analytical skills, and broad range of field experience. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate an integrated understanding of basic environmental sciences and scientific practice.
    • A sound understanding of the basic principles of biology, chemistry and the earth sciences and the relationships between them
    • The critical thinking skills needed for solving problems in a changing world
    • An ability to evaluate and interpret scientific data and to analyze and synthesize information from different sources
    • A working knowledge of and practical experience in fundamental environmental field and laboratory techniques
    • The writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively across disciplines
  2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the human dimension of environmental stewardship.
    • An understanding of basic political processes, environmental policies, and regulations operating at local, national and global levels 
    • An evolving knowledge of sustainable economic practices
    • An ability to integrate and communicate science and social science data with integrity and reason