Environmental science Degree
The Environmental Science Program at Thomas University is a collaborative learning environment dedicated to the sustainable use of natural resources.
Through course offerings, seminars, independent study and cooperative research with local governments and resource groups, this program provides a cross-disciplinary perspective on the political, legal, psychological, cultural, behavioral, and societal forces that affect relations between people and environment.
Humans are an integral component of the ecosystem and have the responsibility to alleviate global problems such as natural resource depletion, environment degradation, biodiversity loss and poverty.
Biology majors at Thomas University design their curriculum to meet personal career and advanced study goals. Students interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, teaching or biomedical research take process-oriented courses at the molecular and cellular level such as biochemistry,, bacteriology, genetics, cellular biology, and physiology. These and related subjects will prepare students for advanced training in the medical profession and provide the background to qualify for examinations such as the MCAT and PCAT.
Students interested in natural resource protection, wildlife management, or environmental issues take courses that deal with resource issues such as conservation biology, ecology, field biology, and environmental science. These and related subjects will prepare students for advanced study at the graduate level or for a career in resource management, environmental planning, or environmental regulation with local, state, Federal governments, or an environmental consulting firm.
Regardless of emphasis, all biology majors are required to taker basic coursework in botany, zoology, evolution, and principles of biology, as well as mathematics, chemistry, and physics. In addition, a wide range of independent study opportunities are available each semester including an internship program, advanced research, and directed readings. Biology students will be required to take ETS Biology Major Fields Test prior to graduation (Senior Year), although a specific score is not required for graduation.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate fundamental content knowledge in broad areas of biology, including, zoology, botany, genetics, microbiology, chemistry and evolution.
- Express clearly biological terminology and understanding of major biological concepts when writing or speaking about biology.
- Perform laboratory and/or field experiments, utilizing scientific method and adequate controls to examine data.
- Evaluate biological data, draw reasonable conclusions, and recognize the ethical implications of these conclusions.
- Understand his/her part in the scholarly scientific community through interaction with scholarly scientific literature and application of knowledge to personal, community, and scientific problems.