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Environmental Science

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School of Arts and Sciences

Make the World a Better Place

The Environmental and Earth Sciences Department nurtures students' perspectives on environmental topics and provides them with a thorough knowledge of environmental issues at the local, regional, and global levels. As environmental problem solvers students examine a range of topics that arise from the interaction of humans with the environment. Inquiry is stimulated by learning the physical, geological, and biological processes that shape Earth's natural environment and the impact of humanity upon those processes. The study of environmental science is planned within a liberal arts context and includes studies in environmental policy, literature, economics, and history. Both the Environmental Science major and the Environmental Studies minor prepare students for careers and graduate study in science, law, government, business, and non-profit organizations.

At Doane, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and select any of five emphasis areas. Emphasis areas provide focal points for studies and include Political Science and Policy, Biology, Computational Thinking, Chemistry, and Science Teaching.

Courses include:

Senior Capstone Project

All Environmental Science majors complete a senior capstone project, selecting from three options:

  1. Practice-Based Learning (PBL) - Provides internship and research opportunities to gain experience, a professional contact, and a potential future employer. Students work with the new College to Career Center and Environmental and Earth Sciences faculty to arrange the internship.
  2. Research Option - Provides the opportunity to work with a Doane faculty member on a research project. Facilities include the Lied Science and Mathematics Building and Aldrich Prairie Research Site.
  3. Student Teaching - Those completing the Science Teaching emphasis apply student teaching as their capstone. Students begin this emphasis during their first semester at Doane and satisfy Secondary Education requirements.

Students present their results at MindExpo, Doane’s own celebration of students' creative efforts. They may also participate in paid summer research projects.

Virtually all Environmental Science graduates have gained employment in an environmental field or graduate school admission. The major combines courses of study with practical education in preparation for environmental careers and graduate study.

University Affiliations

Doane is a University Affiliate of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and a member of the Campus Ecology program. The college has signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.