Faculty: Coordinator and Associate Professor Borer; Assistant Professors Sutton and Z. Taylor. Also, faculty of the departments offering concentrations.
McAllister, Room 365A Telephone: (706) 368-6742
The environmental-sciences major at Berry College is an interdisciplinary program for the study of the earth’s environment and human interactions with that environment. All students in the program take courses that address environmental issues from natural science, sociocultural and economic perspectives. Each student also chooses an area of concentration that focuses on biology, chemistry, geoscience or public policy. The remaining required courses in the upper-level curriculum are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor to address a specific area of interest or career objective. A flexible combination of courses allows students majoring in environmental sciences a broad-spectrum curriculum that would be difficult to obtain in more traditional science or social-science programs.
Like all liberal-arts degrees, the Bachelor of Science, with a major in environmental sciences, is not a vocational or professional degree. It is not designed to provide training for a specific career. By providing an in-depth understanding of environmental issues, however, the curriculum in environmental sciences prepares a student for graduate studies in environmental or related sciences, for regulatory governmental positions or for other jobs in the industrial, corporate, service or education sectors that require interdisciplinary training. The environmental-sciences program also gives students opportunities for internships, directed or independent studies, cooperative research with faculty, and summer studies at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, or the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina.