Environmental Studies

Chair or Program Director: 

Robert W. Kingsolver, Ph.D., Dean and Director
Bellarmine Office Building 316, Phone 502.272.7628, kingsolver@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Katherine Bulinski, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Bellarmine University Center for Regional Environmental Studies (CRES) is dedicated to environmental literacy, to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental scholarship, and to formation of a more ecologically sustainable society, both on our campus and throughout our region.

The Center houses an academic department (Environmental Studies) offering two academic majors and an academic minor.

Learning outcomes

As they complete requirements for the B.A. in Environmental Science or the B.A. in Environmental Studies, students will: 
a.  Demonstrate mastery of life science principles relevant to environmental science.
b.  Demonstrate mastery of physical science principles relevant to environmental science.
c.  Demonstrate basic understanding of social science principles relevant to environmental studies (for the B.A., a more 
      advanced understanding).
d.  Identify major earth systems and explain how they function.
e.  Apply natural science concepts to the study of human interactions with the natural world.
f.   Apply social science concepts to the study of environmental policy.
g.  Demonstrate facility in quantitative analysis, applied to environmental problems (B.S. only).
h.  Demonstrate intermediate facility in a foreign language (B.A. only).
i.   Demonstrate facility in using Global Information Systems to address environmental questions.
j.   Demonstrate ability to analyze environmental issues using an interdisciplinary approach.
k.  Develop interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems.
l.   Design, conduct, and present an environmental science research project (BS only).
m. Demonstrate professional competence in an internship setting.

The B.S. in Environmental Science examines ecological processes, the causes and consequences of human impacts on the natural world, and technologies needed to minimize or mitigate environmental problems.  This is a science degree, integrating life and physical sciences to develop a capacity for environmental research and technological problem solving.  Graduates of this degree program are best prepared for graduate work and careers in environmental technology, environmental monitoring, conservation biology, and environmental science research.

The B.A. in Environmental Studies emphasizes the political, economic, and sociological aspects of environmental issues.  Environmental studies students need sufficient natural science background to understand the consequences of human impact on the natural world, and sufficient social science background to develop and implement effective policy solutions.  This is an integrated studies degree with a strong international dimension, including intermediate competency in foreign language.  Because it draws more extensively from economics, sociology, political science, and global languages and cultures, the B.A. degree is more appropriate for students intending graduate study and careers in environmental planning, international development, environmental communications, and environmental education.

The Minor in Environmental Studies emphasizes fundamental principles of environmental science, field study, examination of environmental issues from a social science perspective, and a senior capstone experience applying environmental study to real-world problems.  The minor is designed to enrich majors in business, education, professional studies, health sciences, or arts and sciences majors.
 

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