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Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Teaching innovations include demonstrations, computer animations and slide shows, student-led group and individual activities, hands-on labs, application to real world issues, and field trips. Other innovations include repetition of the objectives/terminology for all three learning modality types (visual, auditory, kinesthetic).
Dr. Heather Moody
Professor of Environmental Science
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  • About: Environmental Science
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Environmental Science
  • Career Opportunities
  • Green Initiatives
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Environmental Science: The Siena Effect
The Environmental Science major at Siena Heights University transforms its students into environmental professionals. After receiving an in-depth understanding of environmental issues and systems, students can then go out into the world as problem-solvers.


FAST FACT: Upper-level ES students may choose to concentrate on either the chemical, biological or environmental management aspects of the program, and a graduation requirement includes a junior and senior research project.


Environmental Science is a field that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines, thus allowing a unique look at the relationship between humans and their environment from a variety of perspectives.

The program is grounded in rigorous biological, chemical, and physical sciences with further investigation of economic, political, regulatory, and social systems in their response to environmental challenges of the earth system.

Upper-class students may choose to focus more closely on either the chemical, biological, or environmental management aspects of the program, and must complete a junior and senior research project in environmental science.

At the end of their coursework, students will be able to analyze natural systems in relation to economic, policy, regulatory and social systems, commensurate with a diversity of environmental professional job descriptions. 


To learn more about the Environmental Science program, click on the icon below:


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AT A GLANCE

An interdisciplinary program of the Biology and Chemistry departments, the curriculum offers the following academic advantages:

  • A variety of lecture, laboratory, research, and field courses to support career options in both the public and private sector.
  • Courses addressing environmental problem solving, scientific computing, experimental design, research statistics, and instrumentation to address the depth of environmental science.
  • Coursework preparing students for advanced degrees in environmental science, law, policy, health, industry, conservation, etc. Electives may be utilized to enhance preparation for specific graduate programs.
  • Professional certifications and training.
  • Summer internship opportunities.
  • Career counseling and referrals.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 21Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 4547Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED CONCENTRATION
Required Credit Hours 1116Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 28Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 815Credit Hours
Total for major
113127Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Entomology
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Environmental Certifications
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Environmental Regulations
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Genetics
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Hydrogeology
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Indust Ecology & Sustainability
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Microbiology
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Organic Chemistry I
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Organic Chemistry II
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Physical Chemistry I
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Plant Biology
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Climatology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Geology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Intro to Environmental Science
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Junior Sem in Environ Sci I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Junior Seminar in Environmental Science II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Limnology
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Oceanography
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Seminar I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Senior Seminar II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Analytical Chemistry
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Animal Biology
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Basic Concepts of the Cell
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Chemistry I
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Chemistry II
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Physics I
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name General Physics II
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Physical-Instrumental Analysis
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Speech Communication
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Terrestrial Ecology & Field Bio
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Data Analysis and Statistics or Statistical Reasoning Via Application and Simulation or Statistics and Society
Course Type REQUIRED REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Statistical Analysis and Design
Course Type REQUIRED REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3

Meet the Environmental Science faculty.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Environmental Science
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#1. Transforming students to environmental professionals in preparing its majors for a broad diversity of career options.

#2: Delivers a variety of lecture, laboratory, research and field courses to support career options in both the public and private sector.

#3: Provides courses addressing environmental problem-solving, scientific computing, experimental design, research statistics and instrumentation to address the depth and breath of environmental science.


Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Environmental Science.

The major prepares students for a diverse set of career options. Related career titles for Environmental Science majors (by discipline) are:

Biology

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agricultural technician
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forest ranger
  • Forester
  • Microbiologist
  • Natural resource specialist
  • Ocean technician
  • Range manager
  • Wildlife manager
  • Zoologist

Chemistry

  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical technician
  • Chemist

Environmental Management

  • Air/Water quality manager
  • Air pollution analyst
  • Alternative energy/technology auditor
  • Architect
  • City planner
  • Civil engineer
  • Conservation agent
  • Conservation systems analyst
  • Consumer safety inspector
  • Earth scientist
  • Engineering technician
  • Environmental analyst
  • Environment consultant
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental law
  • Fund raiser
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hazardous waste manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Management consultant
  • Meteorologist
  • Resource economist
  • Seismologist

Learn how to get involved in green initiatives.

Siena Heights University is an active community member in leading green initiatives. Some examples of that involvement include:

  • Research and attention is given to green building technologies and design
  • Siena Heights is a member of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, Step-It-Up Lenawee, Focus the Nation, the Earth Charter and Co-Op America groups

Learn more about how you can get involved through extracurricular activities.

Science majors at Siena Heights University can be involved in a variety of related events and activities, including:

  • Joining the Green Light Environmental Science Club
  • Hosting the annual Earth Day event
  • Leading the campus-wide recycling program
  • Studying natural habitat on site
  • Completing a written senior research project that will also be presented orally
  • Becoming a member of the tri-campus environmental committee to help design and implement sustainability initiatives
  • Cooperating with local environmental and climate change organizations such as Step-It-Up
  • Obtaining paid summer internships
  • Making campus-wide and community presentations
  • Working with the Adrian Dominican Sisters on shared global environmental initiatives

In April 2016, Environmental Science majors/minors traveled to Florida’s Ponce Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon, the most bio-diverse estuary in North America covering two climate zones and 156 miles from Ponce Inlet to Jupiter Inlet.

Students researched current environmental issues impacting a particular local habitat or species. They then toured or caught these species (live catch and release). Subsequent research involved tours of local conservation/preservation sites developed to protect these same habitats or species. 

To view some of their research, please click on the links below:

Student Portfolio Sites

http://ejohnso27.wix.com/elainejohnson

http://willowbee16.wix.com/kimberlychicosky

http://andresmata76.wix.com/andresmata

http://jkimmitt.wix.com/jaredkimmitt

http://compagner93.wix.com/website

http://johndouglasholowaty.weebly.com

http://alaurin33.wix.com/portfolio

http://larsonalyssa.weebly.com

http://caind1.wix.com/oceanographyportfoli              

http://levikeiser.weebly.com/

http://hunterjake.wix.com/jbenjamin

http://shanelewandowski.weebly.com/oceanography.html

http://isaacwestgate.weebly.com/


Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science

Division:

  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences

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