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Environmental Science

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Environmental Science
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Academic Director: Amy Wharton, Ph.D.; Academic Coordinator: Emily Earhart; Faculty: Michael Berger, Ph.D.; Stephen M. Bollens, Ph.D.; John Harrison, Ph.D.; Steve Henderson, Ph.D Marc Kramer, Ph.D.; Kevan Moffett, Ph.D., Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, Ph.D.

Environmental science is the study of natural and modified environments and their interactions with biological (including human) systems. Environmental science students gain a comprehensive understanding of the environmental/ecological context, acquire an ability to assess beneficial and disruptive impacts, and learn the methods used to analyze these complex systems.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at WSU Vancouver benefit from a "living laboratory" on our 351-acre campus, complete with streams, meadows, forests and wetlands in close proximity to the Columbia River, old growth forests, the Cascade Mountains, and the Washington and Oregon coastlines.

The environmental science minor emphasizes the complex interactions between human societies and their environments, especially problems caused by the growth of human communities and economies. The program allows students to specialize in areas such as environmental preservation and remediation, environmental impact assessment, pollution prevention, and waste management.


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