2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Policy & Advocacy concentration - J

The Environmental Policy & Advocacy concentration of the B.S. in Environmental Science is designed to create tomorrow’s leaders in the development of public policy and the management of natural resources. Through coursework, research and a recommended internship, students develop analytical skills and explore current topics in energy, ecology, climatology, water resources and more. Students graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy & Advocacy.

Learning Outcomes

The B.S. in Environmental Science concentrating in Environmental Analysis & Assessment seeks to produce graduates who can:

  • Critically read, evaluate and synthesize information from relevant geological, biological and chemical literature related to environmental problems.
  • Work individually and with others, to identify and evaluate environmental problems.
  • Apply appropriate tools, analytical equipment and concepts from mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and biology, including the use of computer software, to evaluate environmental problems.
  • Observe and measure, in the field and laboratory, the organic, inorganic and physical aspects of environmental problems while applying the methods of science.
  • Design a research project to test hypotheses and draw conclusions based on science knowledge.
  • Articulate in oral, written and graphical form assessments of environmental problems.

Environmental Science Programs at NVU-Johnson

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that provides an integrative and quantitative approach to the exploration of the biological, physical and societal aspects that govern the natural environment. The science faculty conduct research and provide instruction in ecology, meteorology, biology, chemistry, physics and geoscience. Lectures, laboratory work, fieldwork, internships and faculty-mentored student research prepare students for careers in private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government as well as graduate study. The fundamentals of science frame discussions of public policy and social action. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in their area of interest. Graduates who successfully complete the required education courses for secondary licensure in addition to degree requirements become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.

Students in this major must complete the Environmental Sciences Core Curriculum as well as the requirements for one of the two concentrations: Environmental Analysis & Assessment or Environmental Policy & Advocacy.

Environmental Policy & Advocacy Concentration

Total: 58-60 credits

Secondary Teaching License in Science

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach science in grades 7-12 must successfully complete one of the approved majors for this endorsement (the Biology: Field Naturalist (B.A.) - J , Biology (B.S.): Pre-Medical concentration - J Health Sciences (B.S.): Pre-Physical Therapy concentration - J Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Analysis & Assessment concentration - J , or Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Policy & Advocacy concentration - J ), as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement - J  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .