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Environmental Science

Campus Location: 
Crete
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Overview

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.

Three-Year Graduation Program
Three Year Program: 

Focused on a major – and a career – in Environmental Science and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? Doane offers a Three-Year Graduation Program backed with a three-year guarantee.

The three-year degree program isn't for everybody. Students must apply and eligibility and acceptance are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

For those committed students who fit this option, faculty have created intensive academic plans with a three-year course schedule for emphases in Biology, Chemistry, Computational Thinking and Political Science and Policy.

 

Learning Environment

Our $10.2 million Lied Science and Mathematics Building provides an exceptional environment for study, research and interaction:

  • Five chemistry labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment
  • Hands-on access to high-tech instruments
  • Extensive group work
  • Individualized experiments challenge students to think on their own and provide the opportunity to learn from others at the same time

 

SpringCreek.jpgFor students interested in field work there are locations close to campus, including the Audubon Spring Creek Prairie, wetlands, lakes and woodlands.  You can also visit the Aldrich Prairie Research Site. This 50 acre award winning site includes a wetland, prairie and the eastern-most colony of black-tailed prairie dogs in Nebraska. Recent improvements include the 700 square foot Environmental Education Building.  

Outdoor research opportunities also exist on the Doane campus. The campus is included in the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and has been certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation

The signature curriculum of the Environmental Science major includes expected courses such as Environmental Science and Ecology. It also includes courses such as American Environmental Literature, Environmental History, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Economics, and Environmental Education and Agriculture. A two week marine science interterm to the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in Key West, Florida will begin in January 2012 and be offered alternate years.

Faculty
Specialized Program Opportunities

Doane Environmental and Earth Sciences Department graduates are sought-after by employers and graduate programs. In part this is because undergraduate research is emphasized in the program and encompasses alternative energy, agriculture, wildlife biology, water and air quality, and earth science. Included in the curriculum is a research opportunity which begins in the junior year with preparation of a research proposal and selection of a mentor. The project is then completed during the following two semesters of the senior year and culminates in presentation at meetings which include Doane MindExpo. Students participate in paid summer research experiences, which support students doing research with faculty.  

The Doane Environmental Science Department develop a model for a state-wide web-based stream monitoring and teaching system.  

All environmental science students complete a senior research project and present their results at MindExpo, Doane’s own celebration of students' creative efforts. Students may also participate in paid summer research projects and internships

 

 

Student Research in Action
 

Making an Impact with Low-flow Showerheads - Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education

 

Aldrich Prairie Research Site

The Aldrich Prairie Research Site is located 40 miles west of Crete near Fairmont, Nebraska. It consists of about 50 acres of wetland and prairie. The site also includes a black-tailed prairie dog colony. This combination of habitats in one location is unique to this area and provides extraordinary opportunities for outdoor experiences and student research projects. The prairie dog colony, for example, is the eastern-most colony in Nebraska and is extremely rare and of high conservation value.

Find out how environmental science majors are using the Aldrich Prairie Research Site.

Student Organizations
Coursework

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BIO 110 - Inquiry Laboratory: Introduction to Biological Investigation (3)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Information of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 295 - Biostatistics (3)
EVS 325 - Soil Systems and Sustainability (3)
BIO 332 - Ecological Zoology (4)
BIO 333 - Ecological Botany (4)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry II (4)
ECO 203 - Macroeconomics and Literacy (3)
ECO 309 - Environmental Economics (3)
EVS 301 - Environmental Science (4)
EVS 392 - Environmental Policy and Sustainability (3)
EVS 351 - Environmental Science Research I (2)
BIO 351 - Biology Research I (2)
CHM 351 - Chemistry Research I (2)
EVS 495 - Environmental Research II (2)
BIO 495 - Biology Research II (4)
CHM 495 - Chemistry Research II (2)
RES 495 - Research II (1-2)
EVS 496 - Environmental Research III (2)
BIO 496 - Biology Research III (3)
CHM 496 - Chemistry Research III (2)
RES 496 - Research III (1-2)
GEO 101 - Environmental Geology (4)
ENG 318 - Environmental Literature (3)
HIS 320 - American Environmental History (3)
MTH 107 - Problem Solving (3)
MTH 108 - Modeling & Applications (3)
MTH 125 - Precalculus (4)
MTH 235 - Calculus I (4)
BIO 348 - Microbiology (4)
CHM 205 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 303 - Analytical Chemistry (4)
BIO 308 - Animal Behavior (3)
BIO 337 - Wetlands Biology (4)
BIO 349 - Infectious Diseases (3)
EVS 101 - Environmental Education (1)
EVS 320 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
EVS 330 - Earth, Climate, and Energy (3)
GEG 320 - Geography of Agriculture (3)
GEO 107 - Introduction to Meteorology (3)
HIS 352 - American West (3)
PSI 213 - Political Attitudes and Behavior (3)
PSI 234 - Legislative and Executive Behavior (3)
PSI 313 - Political Parties and Interest Groups (3)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics (4)
PHY 201 - General Physics (4)
PHY 202 - General Physics (4)
IST 145 - Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving (3)
IST 146 - Programming and Problem-Solving II (3)
PHI 105 - Logic and Critical Thinking (3)
CHM 206 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 322 - Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHM 326 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
GEO 107L - Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory (1)
SCI 322 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences I (0-1)
SCI 324 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences II (0-1)
SCI 326 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences III (0-1)
SCI 327 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences IV (4)
BIO 345 - Conservation Biology (3)
BIO 215 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIO 326 - Comparative Anatomy (4)
BIO 355 - Human Anatomy (4)
BIO 216 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
BIO 331 - Cell Biology (3)
BIO 356 - Human Physiology (4)
CMS 210 - Public Speaking (3)
CHM 101 - Introduction to Chemistry (4)