Affiliated Departments & Programs


Sustainability - Focuses on how to build capacity to deal with change; prepares students through system, strategic, and anticipatory thinking on sustainability issues.

Biotic Resources

Biotic Resources Science - deals with basic scientific principles that govern the interrelationship between biotic (e.g., plants, animals) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate, soils) in major ecosystems and the use of these principles for environmentally sound management of both natural and agro-ecosystems.

Environmental Communication

Environmental Communication - is designed for environmentally oriented students preparing for careers in communications fields such as journalism, public relations, broadcast media and the internet.

Natural Resources Economics

Natural Resources Economics - prepares students for management, administrative, regulatory, and policy positions that require a broad understanding of natural resources management and allocation.

Physical/Earth Resources Science

Physical/Earth Resources Science - leads to an understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of ecosystems. Topics of study include hydrology, water management and quality, waste management, soil properties, energy resources and land-use management.

Pollution Control

Pollution Control - focuses on the principles and practices of managing natural resources for pollution control. Topics include the technical aspects of pollution as they relate to water, air, soils, and the impact of environmental pollution on biotic and abiotic factors.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences - concentrates on human factors (social, anthropological, political) in environmental management and environmental disaster management, while recognizing constraints and opportunities presented by physical and biological factors.