"Our body is not limited to what is inside the boundary of our
skin. It is much more immense. . . There is no phenomenon in the
universe that does not intimately concern us, from a pebble resting
at the bottom of the ocean, to the movement of a galaxy millions of
light-years away." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
The Environmental Science major gives students a solid foundation in the
natural sciences (including mathematics) and social sciences that pertain to environmental
issues and problems. The program is interdisciplinary, requiring students to take courses in
several different departments.
Although, the student at Monmouth will choose one
of two concentrations in the major, science or policy, all
Environmental Science graduates will have a firm grounding in both
science and policy.
Students choosing the policy concentration
will take upper-level courses in economics, politics, sociology and
communication, but will also have a firm foundation in the sciences that pertain to environmental concerns. They
can thus be more effective lawyers, politicians, or
advocates (if those are careers
to which they aspire) than if they lacked
training in the sciences. And they will be able to
biologists, chemists, and geologists more effectively than those who do not have a firm
grounding in these areas.
pursuing the science concentration will take
upper-level courses such as analytical chemistry, hydrogeology,
calculus, and statistics for the sciences. But these students also
need the perspective and context provided by
introductory social science and humanities
courses. The social implications of environmental
issues cannot be ignored, and the solutions to environmental problems are increasingly
economically and politically charged.
Finally, all participants in the program
conduct independent research in a department of their
choice. Past projects include: detecting contaminants in municipal
water supplies, evaluating the science behind global warming, using
bullrush to extract heavy metals from contaminated soils, and studying
the behavior of tapirs in Costa Rica.