Interested in environmental sustainability? A B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Compliance and Sustainability may be the perfect degree for you.
Students in the Compliance and Sustainability concentration will learn about energy policy, sustainable business practices, environmental law and politics, and more. They will learn many different ways that businesses and governments can impact the environment now and into the future.
Environmental sustainability continues to become increasingly important in today’s world, and students who choose this concentration will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of that growing market. Students will find their degree useful whether they are interested in policy, law, business, development, or many other aspects of the field.
Through coursework, research, independent study and working closely with your professors, you'll gain the communication, interpersonal and technical skills needed to make a difference in the world. Whether you choose to work for a private company, nonprofit or governmental agency, or continue your studies at the graduate level, you'll leave prepared to meet the growing environmental challenges around the world. Highlights specific to this BS program include:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in environmental science at SNHU include:
Those students who choose this concentration will be well-prepared to utilize their Environmental Science degree in their chosen career, whether their goal is to work for a government agency or a private business. Among the fields that graduates may enter are:
Students within the Compliance and Sustainability concentration will be able to choose courses that guide them toward their chosen career path, atop a strong foundation in sustainability concepts.
Free elective Credits: 27
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world. Global marker.
The course examines the history of the American environment, paying particular attention to the impact of European settlement on the landscape and the subsequent commodification of resources that defined the American experience in the modern age. it will pay close attention to such phenomena as industrialization, pollution, population trends, urbanization, chemically-dependent food production, and energy consumption, to name only a few. Particularly important, the course will delve into the process of political responses to environmental and ecological challenges as they have evolved over time.
This course analyzes the application of ethical theory to moral questions about the environment. A number of different traditions in environmental ethics will be discussed and their strengths and weaknesses evaluated by applying them to practical moral problems.
General biology course that includes mammalian cell structure and function, cellular reproduction and physiology, and Mendelian genetics. Laboratory exercises (BIO 120L) to follow lecture topics.
Laboratory course to follow topics presented in BIO 120.
This course introduces students to the principles of ecology and practical methods used in the field. Students will explore theoretical topics in the ecological systems including the level of the population, community and ecosystem; energy flow and biogeochemical cycles; and the concept of sustainability. Students will read literature and conduct research projects in the field and will use critical thinking to evaluate research, design studies, present findings and debate on the issues.
First semester of a one-year sequence covering the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular theory and structure, the chemical and physical behavior of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions; chemical bonding; chemical equations and thermochemistry.
This course will introduce laboratory techniques that will be used to gain fundamental knowledge of chemical systems associated with the subject matter of CHM 120 - College Chemistry I
This course provides an introduction to the scientific aspects of the environmental field. The first part of the course introduces students to the foundations of environmental science, while the second part concentrates on the application of these foundations to real life environmental problems. Therefore, the course not only engages the fundamentals of environmental science but also shows students how science informs sustainability, environmental policies, economics and personal choice.
This 1-credit course familiarizes students with the structure and personnel of the Environmental Science degree program, and the resources in place for their support and success. Course sessions focus on introducing students to science faculty members and their areas of expertise, to lab spaces on campus and the equipment available to them, and to additional resources such as the Shapiro Library's science databases. Students will also be introduced to professional experiences through Career Services and guest talks from local Environmental Science professionals from a variety of organizations.
This is an issue- and methods-based course that will introduce students interested in environmental field work to the tools and technology of the profession. Students will read and discuss primary literature that use these techniques and will participate in hands-on activities to improve their skills. Main topics of the course will be the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS), multiple environmental field research techniques, and statistical and data analysis software.
This course provides students with an understanding of how to evaluate, conduct, write and design research. Required for environmental science majors, it introduces the why, when and how quantitative and qualitative methods are used as investigative tools. The course follows the scientific method and focuses on how to search the literature, write a literature review, formulate research questions/hypotheses, and design experiments to test these hypotheses. We will also explore qualitative methods and discuss their use in the field with special attention to conducting interviews, case studies, and focus groups. Students will prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest. Formulation of this project begins early, forms the basis for a final project, and is presented in a mock scientific conference.
This is an issue-based discussion course designed to define and explore the multifaceted consequences of environmental science issues. Several topics will be explored from either long-standing or current environmental science issues. Students are expected to conduct extensive research on relevant topics and communicate their knowledge in both oral and written assignments.
This course surveys the major themes in geology. Students will examine topics such as plate tectonics, the rock cycle, surface processes, and concept of geologic time.
How sustainable are modern human lifestyles? What would the world be like if they were more sustainable? How could we create such a world through the choices that we make as citizens, professionals, and consumers? Students leave traditional academic disciplines behind as they seek answers to these questions in this more than merely interdisciplinary course. By exploring how human systems and environmental systems interact in the context of everyday human activities, students learn how they can make choices that support both stewardship of the natural environment and long-term improvement in the quality of life for human individuals and communities.
How can businesses, governments, and civil society organizations work together to build environmentally sustainable economies and livable local communities in an increasingly crowded and globalized world? Students in this interdisciplinary course use insights drawn from the social sciences to identify assumptions about human nature and nurture that lead to environmentally unsustainable economic and development practices, then apply those insights to the practical problems of building robust national economies and healthy local communities worldwide, with an emphasis on less developed countries. Students spend part of the course playing and critiquing their own performance in Stratagem, a computer-assisted simulation game, in which they assume the roles of government ministers in a less developed country and try to chart a course of environmentally sustainable development for that country over more than half a century.
This broadly interdisciplinary course introduces students to the principles, practices, and procedures followed by environmental professionals in assessing sites for the presence of environmental hazards that could trigger cleanup requirements under federal or state environmental laws, and in assessing the environmental impacts of proposed development projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and similar state laws, using insights drawn from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and other fields. Students spend most of the course undertaking a virtual Phase I site assessment at a hypothetical former industrial site and its environs using Brownfield Action, a web-based simulation developed by experts to teach students the skills needed to prepare a professional-level environmental site assessment, and preparing a draft environmental impact statement for the hypothetical redevelopment project proposed for the site.
How can businesses contribute to the environmental sustainability of human societies without sacrificing the bottom line? This broadly interdisciplinary, systems-based course draws insights from the natural sciences, social sciences, and other fields to explore a full range of strategic options relevant to businesses large and small in nearly every economic sector. Students spend nearly half of the course in a group-based simulation in which they assume the roles of the principals of consulting firms competing with rival firms to design a sustainability-focused strategic facility siting and environmental management plan for adoption by their client's board of directors using a version of The Triple Bottom Line Tool, a web-based platform designed by sustainability experts to help investors, decision-makers, and economic development professionals to enhance and to communicate investment performance across a broad array of environmental and other investment impacts.
This course is the vehicle through which students receive ENV course credit for successfully completing the U.S. Green Building Council's ("USGBC") Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design ("LEED") Green Associate exam preparation program, which provides students with an up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. Students demonstrate successful completion of the program by earning a passing score on the USGBC's Green Associate professional credential exam. For more information, see the UCBGC's credentials and Green Associate professional credential exam preparation web pages (http://www.usgbc.org/leed/credentials & http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed- green-associate-exam, as well as SNHU's sustainability certificate program coordinator. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
This course is the vehicle through which students receive ENV course credit for completing the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ("OSHA") Outreach Training Program for General Industry, which prepares students to recognize, avoid, abate, and prevent safety and health hazards in general industry workplaces. Students may enroll in either the 10-hour course (1 credit) or the 30-hour course (3 credits). Students demonstrate successful completion of either course through receipt of a student course completion card or training certificate. For more information, see OSHA's General Industry Outreach Training web page (https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/generalindustry /index.html) and Outreach Training Program General Industry Procedures (https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/generalindustry /generalindustry_procedures.pdf), as well as SNHU's sustainability certificate program coordinator. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
This course is the vehicle through which students receive ENV course credit for successfully completing the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services' ("NHDES") Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification program. Students demonstrate successful completion of the program by earning a passing score on the program exam. For more information see NHDES's Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification Program web page (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hw cb/hwcs/hwccp/index.htm) and Hazardous Waste Coordinator Training and Certification Environmental Fact Sheet (http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/f actsheets/hw/documents/hw-26.pdf), as well as SNHU's sustainability certificate program coordinator. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
How can businesses, governments, and public interest groups achieve environmental sustainability goals in legal and political contexts that were designed with other goals in mind? This interdisciplinary course explores the options in the United States, and provides a comprehensive point of comparison for topics explored in POL 329 and POL 349. Students spend about half of the course learning how to spot facts that give rise to compliance issues for businesses and other private parties under a full spectrum of federal environmental laws, and to identify opportunities for achieving broader sustainability goals within the constraints imposed by the law. In the other half, students learn both how to predict environmental law and policy outcomes and how to shape them adaptively in pursuit of sustainability goals in a fragmented system of governance that was designed to privilege special interests and to favor the status quo.
How effective is environmental law as a strategy for achieving sustainable development? How does its diversity across countries and cultures constrain the ability of businesses, governments, and civil society organizations to achieve environmental sustainability goals in an increasingly globalized world? This interdisciplinary course examines the many legal, political, cultural, and other factors that shape the answer to these questions, using China, India, Russia, and the United States as illustrative examples. Students explore the implications of these factors not only for businesses, governments, and civil society organizations pursuing sustainability goals within their own countries, but also for their counterparts in other countries to whom the former are linked through bilateral trade relationships and global supply chains.
How do we build a society fit for living? This course looks to the field of environmentally sustainable community development (ESCD) for answers to this question. Students explore the principles and practices of ESCD using pattern-mapping of community needs, site visits, and other experiential learning tools that turn communities into classrooms, and bring the challenge of building environmentally sustainable communities to life. In the process, students identify assumptions that lead to unsustainable social practices, and develop the skills necessary to help create livable local landscapes and sustainable local futures through individual and community action.
SOC/SCI 373 Environmental Field Study
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