The Environmental Studies Program offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees to undergraduates interested in environmental issues on the professional career level. Both programs are interdisciplinary and have enabled students with different backgrounds in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to analyze and solve environmental problems. Courses are drawn from many departments with a major emphasis on the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics) and the social sciences (Geography, Government, Anthropology, Philosophy). Additional courses are offered directly through the Program and cover interdisciplinary topics not covered by existing departments.
Since its inception in 1973 the program has been closely associated with St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Within the context of a thoughtful, liberal arts education our students actively engage both classical and highly modern ideas and issues. In this way they fully prepare themselves for life in the dawn of the 21st century. The original objectives of the program, as formulated in 1973, are still an important part of its mission statement. They remain:
- To orient students with different backgrounds in the Sciences and Humanities in the analysis and resolution of environmental problems
- To administer a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that will maximize the number of career alternatives students have upon graduation
- To provide an educational experience that prepares personnel to staff the academic, industrial and government agencies directly responsible for solving environmental problems
We expect our students to become more capable speakers, better writers and superior analysts. They will also become more knowledgeable and concerned citizens capable of leading this country into the years ahead. Working with professors on research projects, independent studies and career development, students are encouraged to develop a professional outlook about their field as early as possible.
The environmental crisis facing humanity and this planet must be addressed in a rational, thoughtful and direct fashion. Most of the truly serious environmental issues are still ahead of us. The Environmental Studies Program is committed to this task and welcomes concerned, motivated and qualified students to join us in this critical pursuit.