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Future Students

Welcome to Environmental Sciences Academic Program.

Never has interest in environmental issues been more important to our future, and that of the next generations.  The melting Polar Ice Cap, and the Gulf oil well leak, are just two examples of why today’s students face long-term environmental issues that will shape future societies.  The revised Environmental Science Academic Program provides new opportunities for faculty members and students from across the campus to rigorously explore complex, interdisciplinary environmental issues. 

Importantly, all students at NC State University will face future debates and decisions in vital areas such as mitigating and adapting to climate change, advancing sustainability, producing a new energy future, preventing extinctions and invading species, ensuring environmental health, and predicting outcomes of environmental policies.  The Environmental Sciences Academic Program helps ensure all students have access to courses necessary to be citizens ready to face our common environmental future.

To ensure students at NC State University have access to a contemporary, comprehensive program of study, we revised the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences.  The revised degree now provides students with the opportunity for a rigorous, flexible program of study that engages disciplines from across the campus.  Elements of the revised B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences include:   

1.      Meeting GEP requirements;

2.      Developing concepts for environmental literacy with core courses;

3.      Understanding in natural and social sciences;

4.      Enhancing skills in analysis and communications;

5.      Providing flexibility in defining an area of academic strength in environmental science by using existing minors or new course packages;

6.      Promoting learning experiences that include internships, professional development activities, research, and thesis options.

We are confident that students completing the revised degree in Environmental Sciences will be well qualified for career and educational opportunities.  Some students will find jobs in the environmental industry, including careers as environmental consultants, working in large corporations, or starting their own businesses.  Others will find careers working in federal, state, and local agencies with environmental mandates.  Still other students will continue their educations in professional and graduate schools. 

Are you concerned about the environment and would like to meet more like-minded individuals, and are unable to take some Environmental Science courses, consider joining the Wolfpack Environmental Student Association.  If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between humans and environment, you are welcome to enroll in our courses, or to enhance your major by completing the Environmental Science minor.  If you are interested in playing a role in shaping the new environmental agenda, consider majoring in environmental sciences.  Our classroom is bigger than most, and there is room for you! 

-Dr. William E. Winner and Erin Champion