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BA in Environmental Science

BA in Environmental Science

Rice University

Rice University, Houston, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    94
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 24 months

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Program Learning Outcomes for BA in Environmental Science Students graduating from this program will: Have a solid basis in the hard sciences that are fundamental to the Environmental Sciences. Approach environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Integrate scientific knowledge to understand complex natural systems and cycles. Acquire knowledge on sciences and disciplines applied to the environment. Understand environmental topics and solve issues using a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., social sciences, economics, humanities, and architecture). Acquire the basic principles and ideas of natural and applied sciences related to environmental studies. Apply methods and theories to develop and test hypotheses using sound experimental, statistical, and/or design practices. Use the acquired engineering knowledge to analyze and propose solutions to environmental issues. Conduct in-depth research to assess and solve environmental issues. Apply relevant methods and theories to designing experiments and gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data. Propose solutions based on in-depth research. Degree Requirements for BA in Environmental Science Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program that addresses environmental issues in the context of what we know about earth, ecology, and society. In addition to its science core, the major also seeks to provide students with some appreciation of social, cultural, and policy dimensions of environmental issues, as well as exposure to the technologies of pollution control. The double major is designed to accommodate: Students wishing to obtain a solid preparation for later graduate study in environmental science or other careers as environmental professionals (e.g., environmental economics or environmental law) Students pursuing other careers (e.g., historians, lawyers, mechanical engineers, chemists) who hope to contribute to solutions to one of the major global issues of the 21st century. Students may take environmental science only as a second major. The 67-semester-hour (minimum) double major may be taken in conjunction with any stand-alone major offered in any school of the university. The key components of the double major include: Foundation course work in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. A set of five undergraduate core courses, required of all double majors, that acquaint undergraduates with a range of environmental problems encountered by scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers. Core courses stress the components of the global environment and their interactions. 24 semester hours of environmental electives from four categories (Students may petition to have electives, in addition to those currently listed, apply toward the double major): 1) Social Sciences and Economics 2) Humanities and Architecture 3) Natural Sciences 4) Engineering This program based on Social Sciences and Economics.