Environmental Studies (BA/BS)

University of Portland

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


Environmental issues are complex and multidisciplinary, and the University's course of study is deliberately designed to give students a broad sense of the scientific and ethical issues at the heart of what will be perhaps the greatest social problem of the twenty-first century.

The B.S. track leads to a degree in environmental studies, a broadly conceived course of study that involves biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, along with a strong foundation in the social sciences and humanities. Within this integrative framework, students will select an upper-level concentration in biology, chemistry, or quantitative and spatial methods.

The B.A. track leads to a degree in environmental ethics and policy, which combines a background in science with a discourse that centers on philosophy, theology, ethics, political science, and other fields. One of the critical aims of this degree track is to cultivate critical intelligence and consciousness within students regarding the multifaceted nature of environmental ethics and environmental policy.

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