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The Concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology is designed for students with interests in Ecology, Field Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Biology, Conservation Biology, Evolution, Animal Behavior, and Organismal Biology.
The Concentration in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics is for students with specific interests in forests, fisheries and wildlife or those with a more general interest in both environmental and natural resource issues.
The Sustainable Engineering Design Focus incorporates the technical, economic, environmental and social requirements of the engineering design process.
The concentration in Environment, Conservation, Sustainability and Development allows students to explore human and environmental change in depth, with a focus on real-world problems, at the global and local scale. We offer courses and experiences in the areas of natural resource conservation, the management of human-environment interactions, biogeography, climate change, urban sustainability, and agricultural systems, among other things. As well as offering international and local field experiences, the major also gives you the opportunity to explore these things with the latest digital mapping and earth observation technologies.
The concentration in Environmental and Engineering Geology presents specialized study focusing on earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history and application of geology to environmental and engineering issues.
In the Environment concentration, students learn to apply natural and social sciences to address and manage practical, real-world environmental problems faced by modern society. Through coursework, students learn about the natural, human, and technological dimensions of environmental systems and sustainability. Research projects, field studies, and scientific experimentation are integrated into the curriculum to provide hands-on experience with current technologies and relevant environmental policies and regulations. Graduates with this concentration are well-prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue advanced degrees.
James Madison University supports a variety of environmental majors and minors that are part of a larger hub of academic and applied environmental initiatives at JMU.
There are many options for students to learn about the natural, human, and technological dimensions of environmental systems and sustainability. Students can major in a science or social science with an environmental emphasis, or they can partner an environmental minor with any major. In the majors and minors listed here, research projects, field studies, and scientific experimentation are integrated into the curriculum to provide hands-on experience with current technologies and relevant environmental policies and regulations. Students pursuing an interest in environmental study will find themselves well prepared for advanced graduate study or workforce success.
The Environmental Management, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies minors take an interdisciplinary approach that prepares students to develop and apply science and technology to environmental problems in a variety of professional settings.
Any of the three environment minors may be taken in conjunction with any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area major. They also may be taken in conjunction with a major from any other JMU academic area — Business, Communications, Education, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Visual and Performing Arts.
Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies are united by a common capstone, ENVT 400. In this course, students converge and work with a faculty team on environmental problem solving from this cross-disciplinary nexus.
The Spring 2013 ENVT 400 topic will focus on "Food for Thought: Food, Farming and Culture from Local to Global." The course will explore how food and farming intersect with the three facets of sustainable development: environment, economy, and equity. Built around the question "What does sustainable food look like?" the course will explore food production and consumption across a range of scales from local to global.
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Want to meet other first year students who are interested in studying environmental issues? Want to meet and work with faculty who study environmental topics? Want to make a difference and get a head start onyour environmental curriculum? Consider taking part in the Madison EcoCommunity.