Geography, Geology, and the Environment
Coordinator: Stentor Danielson
Students in the Environment and Society program take an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between human society and the natural world. The goal of the program is to give students a solid grounding in how social, cultural, political, economic, and demographic systems operate within human societies and how those systems affect our understanding and use of the non-human world. We emphasize the use of both qualitative and quantitative techniques for understanding the world around us. Students leave the program with a solid cross-cultural understanding of environmental issues and an ability to analyze cultural and political controversies over nature.
The environment and society program provides students with a base in liberal arts skills (critical thinking, writing, and speaking) and in analytical skills such as data collection in the field, in the library, and on the computer; the use of global positioning systems; the use of mapping, spreadsheet, and database software. Many of our students have found work that allow them to address important environmental and social issues in the private or public sector. Representative employment areas for our graduates include environmental consulting, pollution remediation, environmental law or public policy, outdoor education, resource management, geographic information systems analysis, nonprofit environmental organizations, and planning.