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Environmental Degree Options at UT

At a university as full of resources as UT, undergraduate students have access to a number of degree options that all involve environmental issues to varying degrees. The EVS Program is nested at the intersection of many of these degree programs and courses of study:

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So as you can see, it is just one of the many ways to study the the environment at The University of Texas at Austin.  Environmental Science.  Read on for brief descriptions of other eprograms that also study the environment.


B.S. in Civil Engineering (Cockerell School of Engineering)

Civil engineering allows students to take technical electives in environmental engineering, which addresses problems related to public health and the environment, including drinking water treatment and distribution systems; wastewater collection and treatment systems; solid waste disposal; air pollution; recycling and conservation methods; water reclamation and reuse; hazardous-waste management, containment, and site remediation; ecosystem protection and restoration; and sustainable systems. Environmental engineers also work on large-scale issues, such as acid rain, global warming, and ozone depletion. (more info)


B.S. in Biology - Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (College of Natural Sciences)

EEB provides students with an education in ecological studies and biodiversity, and also emphasizes field experience. The degree requires courses in genetics, ecology and evolution, as well as at least one advanced course in cellular or molecular biology, physiology/behavior and biodiversity. Students have the option of tailoring their course and lab requirements in some of these areas to emphasize animal, plant, or ecological studies. Graduates may take positions with government agencies, enter consulting firms, or continue with graduate studies for an academic career at colleges, universities, museums, or other research organizations. (more info)


B.S. in Biology - Marine & Freshwater Biology (College of Natural Sciences)

Advised by Dr. Kenneth Dunton and coordinated with the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, this degree program requires a broad range of biology, geology, chemistry and marine science courses and requires a summer of field study at MSI. The student takes upper-division course work in the physiology, diversity, and ecology of aquatic organisms.  (more info)


B.S. in Biology - Plant Biology (College of Natural Sciences)

The Plant Biology option provides students with an education in all aspects of plant biology including evolution, physiology, ecology, molecular biology, genomics and development. The Plant Biology option prepares students for a variety of career paths including graduate school, medicine, business, biotechnology, museum work, work with resource management or other public agencies, or law. Careful selection of plant biology courses and electives will prepare students in one or more sub-disciplines of their choice. For example, training in plant biochemistry and molecular biology can be useful in pharmacology and drug discovery and design, as well as in preparation for graduate study. Similarly, training in ecology and evolution is excellent preparation for a career in conservation biology or graduate study in either of those fields. Most Plant Biology undergraduates work directly with faculty to perform independent field or laboratory research for credit. A student takes at least 24 semester hours of upper-division courses in plant biology, including extensive course-related laboratory work. (more info)


B.S. in Geological Sciences (Jackson School of Geosciences)

The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences serves as a professional degree for students planning careers as geologists, geophysicists, or teachers, as well as for those planning to pursue graduate work in the geosciences or a profession such as law or business. Careers are available in the petroleum and related energy industries, resource evaluation, mineral exploration, geologic hazard monitoring, environmental control and reclamation, building foundation evaluation, groundwater contamination studies, soil testing, regional planning, watershed management, climate modeling, and college or secondary school teaching. Graduates may also work in state or federal agencies, in universities or museums, with consulting firms, or with service companies to the energy and mineral industries.  (more info)


B.A. in Geography - Landscape Ecology & Biogeography (College of Liberal Arts)

Biogeography is the study of the changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems. It can be applied to study the conservation of natural environments, for example in nature reserves, or of species of special concern. One such application, Landscape Ecology, focuses on the study of the ecology of physical and biotic landscapes through time. This includes geoecology, the study of the relationships of plant and animal species and communities with surficial processes, geomorphology, and soils. The field of Landscape Ecology developed in the United States in the 1970s and has become a major area of growth in ecology through the applications of earth science approaches, quantitative methods, remote sensing, and GISc to ecological issues. (more info)


B.A. in Geography -  Earth Science (College of Liberal Arts)

Earth Science, as a subfield of geography, emphasizes the study of environmental processes at regional and global scales.  Geomorphology and biogeography are the most important components of the Earth Science track. Its goal is to provide a sound background in aspects of the origin, development, and evolution of the earth's physical environment and landscape. (more info)


B.A. in Geography - Sustainability (College of Liberal Arts)

This program explores the relationship of societies to their resource base. It addresses issues of resource evaluation and management: the ways in which societies adjust to the opportunities and constraints of the natural environment, and the impacts of cultural practices and political processes on environmental change. The program is intended to provide the basic knowledge and skills required for advanced study and employment in environmental planning, resource management, and development. (more info)


Bridging Disciplines Certificate in The Environment

The Environment BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences, social sciences, design disciplines, and the humanities, this program affords a complex understanding of how the diverse parts of Earth’s environment interact. A Geology major might choose to deepen an appreciation of human-environment interactions with a selection of Government, History, and Geography courses in Liberal Arts, while a Journalism major might use Natural Science courses to develop an understanding of the scientific method. Designed to complement a range of majors, the Environment BDP prepares students to address environmental issues in careers as researchers, writers, policy makers, sustainable business leaders, and educators. (more info)

 

 

 

 

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