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More than developing a heightened awareness of the environment, an Environmental Sciences education will help students develop a scientific understanding of the natural and human-made environment. Students will inform and shape attitudes that value the environment and acquire skills for identifying and addressing environmental issues.

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Solve Environmental Issues Alongside Other Scientific Professionals

Environmental Science

Overpopulation, air and water pollution, loss of habitat for endangered species, solid and hazard waste management, the buildup of pesticides and heavy metals in our food and water – these are just a few of the concerns Environmental Scientists have begun to address around the globe. The environment is showing severe signs of human impact, and Environmental Scientists are leaders in identifying, researching and solving some of these complex societal challenges. At Capital, solving complex problems requires scientific knowledge from a variety of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics/Engineering. Analytical and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to be part of a team, are necessary components of this discipline.

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Forestry and Parks Specialist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Pollution Specialist

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Experiential Learning

Study reef biology in Cozumel, Mexico and Andros Island, Bahamas. Explore tropical ecology in Costa Rica and Ecuador and Galapagos. Research environmental issues in Cuba, or take a service-learning trip to Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Capital believes that transformative learning takes place beyond the traditional borders of the classroom, lab or even campus. A well-rounded student experience includes both domestic and international settings. The department actively provides students with opportunities for experiential learning through regularly offered short-term field courses. These trips allow students to study Environmental Science topics, experience indigenous cultures, and become involved in service to the broader community.

Program Philosophy

Capital University's Environmental Science degree provides a unique educational opportunity that combines the diversity and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education with a solid foundation in the basic sciences. The program consists of both introductory and advanced work in biology, chemistry, geology and physics. A senior research experience also is part of the program, enabling students to examine current complex scientific problems in-depth through individualized faculty-student research projects. An accompanying minor in either geology, chemistry or biology adds depth to the knowledge and experience base in at least one scientific discipline.

Primmer Outdoor Learning Center

Capital University’s Primmer Outdoor Learning Center in the Hocking Hills region is a 74-acre property with seven ecosystems, including a 15-acre wetland, a secondary growth deciduous woodlot with groundwater seeps which feed into small streams, and restored prairie habitats. This center is used by students and faculty for research and service projects focused on ecological restoration, biological conservation, and environmental sustainability.

Sample Classes

  • Foundations of Biology
  • Intro to Public Policy
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Tropical Ecology
  • General Physics
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