Core A Majors
This program focuses on the effects that
chemicals and other agents in the environment have on human health.
Graduates are assessing environmental exposures, identifying and
quantifying responses to chemical exposures, providing input for policy
developments that minimize exposure, and developing better methods for
assessing human health risks.
This program focuses on ways to protect and
enhance fish populations and aquatic communities. Graduates are
analyzing and implementing management plans for streams, rivers, ponds,
lakes, reservoir systems, and aquaculture systems.
This program focuses on protecting and
enhancing forest ecosystems and the social and economic benefits they
produce. Graduates are working in the field collecting data on trees,
plant, and animal species, supervising tree planting and harvest, and
managing forest ecosystems from wilderness (federal and state lands) to
the largest cities (urban and tree care).
This program focuses on understanding the
fate of contaminants in the environment, environmental policy, and
environmental decision-making. Specializations include Water Quality,
Air Quality, Land Resources, Environmental Economics and Policy, and
Environmental Pre-Law. Graduates are facilitating hazardous waste site
clean up, solving water and air-quality problems, and contributing to
hazardous waste management policy decisions at the local, state, and
This program focuses on landscape level
planning, including watershed planning and decisionmaking based on
economics, social aspects, and spatial constructs. Graduates are
developing forecasts and recommending policies, regulations, and
implementation procedures that create sustainable land use patterns.
This program focuses on anticipating,
identifying, evaluating, and controlling chemical, physical,
biological, and radiological hazards on human health and the workplace.
Graduates are assessing occupational exposure and safeguarding the
workplace in industry, medical centers, and government, as well as
pursuing higher education in medicine and industrial hygiene.
This program provides a strong background in
plant biology and the environmental sciences. Graduates are managing,
designing, and developing strategies for habitat conservation and
restoration, ensuring biodiversity, assessing the effects of climate
change, managing invasive species, and using plants to clean up sites.
This program focuses on protecting and enhancing
wildlife populations and habitats. Graduates are working across all
ecosystems — from forests and fields to urban areas — collecting data
on wildlife and other organisms, analyzing food webs and food
availability, estimating the impacts of changing habitat conditions,
and developing and implementing management plans to increase the
sustainability of these communities.