How can governments and private agencies foster a healthy balance between economic and community development and environmental preservation and restoration? Crafting thoughtful policies to meet these seemingly conflicting goals is the focus of the major in environmental policy analysis and planning. Students in this major receive substantial training in areas of environmental law and community planning. Issues of resource quality, pollution, energy use and recreational policy are all addressed by EPAP majors.
Horticulture majors study the ways that plants improve our everyday lives. Plants play many roles in human environments. In addition to beautifying indoor and outdoor areas, they control erosion, reduce energy and water consumption, and revegetate and restore destroyed landscapes.
Insects are the most diverse group of animals on earth, filling niches in ecosystems from the tropics to the Arctic. Their variety and sheer numbers make them significant factors in human economy and society, whether they are helpful or harmful. Entomologists study insects in the context of their biological systems and their importance to humanity.
Managers and scientists are faced with the challenge of managing and repairing ecological systems so the systems reliably supply human needs while conserving and sustaining ecological services and diversity. The challenge of managing for multiple goals in a changing environment is ubiquitous throughout the world's wildlands, urbanizing landscapes, rangelands and agricultural areas. Effective ecosystem management and restoration requires expertise in a wide variety of ecological and agricultural fields: ecology, management (e.g.
Are you ready to take responsibility for your major and build your own unique expertise? Do your interests include working with people in communities? Community and regional development majors work with people to solve problems while creating political, social and economic opportunities. The major empowers students to drive change in organizations and society at multiple levels.
Every living organism, from bacteria to redwoods and humans, contains DNA as its primary genetic material. DNA directs all the cellular processes creating the great diversity of life that fills the biosphere. The integrated, multidisciplinary field of biotechnology represents new advances in understanding and controlling these life processes through the development of exciting new technologies.
As Mark Twain said, "Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Atmospheric scientists may not be able to change the weather, but their research contributes to our understanding of weather patterns and phenomena and helps communities prepare for and respond to severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts. Additionally, atmospheric science addresses critical environmental issues such as air quality and pollution.
Animal science and management majors are educated in not only the field of animal science, but in marketing, economics, and accounting as well. Students are part of one of the largest and most distinguished animal science departments in the world, gaining a strong background in the skills it takes to succeed in today's business world as well as in careers associated with animal breeding and production.
Since the emergence of modern humanity, the relationships between people and animals have been an integral part of our society, economy and culture. Animals provide us with food, clothing, recreation and companionship. Animal science—the study of the biological function of domestic and captive animals and their utilization by people—focuses on modern, efficient and humane ways to care for and make the best use of the animals who share our lives.
Whether as valuable economic resources, beloved companions, destructive nuisances or members of complex natural systems, animals play important roles in human economy, society and culture. Animal biology, the study of biological principles as they apply specifically to animals, bridges the gap between general biological sciences and applied animal husbandry techniques. As an animal biology major, you'll have the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by working with wild and domesticated animals in hands-on situations.