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Geography and Environmental Engineering

A guide to the academic majors within the department identifying resources used in the study of human geography, environmental geography, GIS, environmental engineering, and environmental science

Welcome to Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary, integrative, science-based study of how humans affect the planet with the goal of creating a sustainable future for all. Environmental scientists explore, discover, describe and investigate the Earth (our home planet).  Environmental Science goes beyond the traditional natural sciences to also incorporate knowledge from political science, ethics, public health, and economics.  It seeks to connect the natural sciences (Biology, Ecology, Geology, Meteorology) that describe the environment with the human activities of business, industry, and government, seeking to minimize environmental degradation and promote sustainability.  The program is designed to be flexible and relevant and helps you prepare to solve our most pressing unsolved problems (reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, eliminating the CO2 emissions which are driving climate change, stopping population growth).  The major is broad enough to give you options (law school, grad school, medical school, employment at all levels of government, business) and deep enough to make you a subject expert. 



  • Association for Environmental Studies and Science
    • The purpose of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is to serve the faculty, students and staff of the 1000+ interdisciplinary environmental programs in North America and around the world. We seek to strengthen teaching, research and service in environmental studies and sciences to support the professional development of Association members not just as individuals but also to advance Environmental Studies and Sciences as a whole.
  • Digital Commons Network
  • Dimensions: Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
    • Dimensions covers millions of research publications connected by more than 1.8 billion citations, supporting grants, datasets, clinical trials, patents and policy documents.
  • DOAJ: Environmental Science
    • DOAJ is a unique and extensive index of diverse open access journals from around the world, driven by a growing community, committed to ensuring quality content is freely available online for everyone.
  • Geodiode - The Ultimate Resource for World Climate and Biomes
  • Institution for Economics and Peace
    • The IEP creates research, which is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non‑governmental organisations and by intergovernmental institutions such as the OECD, The Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank and the United Nations.
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals
    • The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) was founded in 1975 as the peer group representing environmental science professionals. Over the years, NAEP programs have been continuously updated and refined to adjust to an expanding and diversifying membership base to address the needs of all those active in the profession.
  • United Nations - One place where the world's nations can gather together, discuss common problems and find shared solutions.
    • Global Issues 
      • As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone.
    • Sustainable Development Goals
      • provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. 


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