The environmental science major prepares you for career success in natural resources and conservation, public health, environmental monitoring and remediation, industrial environmental management, or research or education of environmental science.
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Students will demonstrate the ability to plan and execute experiments that demonstrate the use and understanding of modern instruments, accurate quantitative measurements, appropriate recording skills, safe lab practices, and appropriate use of computer applications.
Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, demonstrating the ability to create an appropriate annotated bibliography and the ability to use effective presentation skills.
Students will develop a sense of community responsibility by becoming aware of scientific issues in the larger social context.
Students will demonstrate interpretative skills including the ability to analyze data statistically, assess reliability, interpret results and draw reasonable conclusions.
Students will become well grounded in laws and theories of chemistry by demonstrating and applying the scientific method, developing a synthetic strategy toward a target molecule and effective use of chemical literature.
Students will develop standards of professional behavior that include rules of ethics and etiquette.
Earth systems and resources
Earth science concepts
Geologic time scale
Solar intensity and latitude
Earth-Sun relationships and insolation
Atmospheric composition and structure
Weather and climate
Tropical weather and hurricanes
Atmospheric circulation and Coriolis Effect
Global-scale circulation of the atmosphere
Global coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation models
El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
El Niño, La Niña and the southern oscillation
El Nino and bacillary dysentery
Global water resources and use
Surface runoff of water
The Big Bang, the single point in space and time from which all matter and energy in the universe supposedly emanated, is thought to have occurred sometime around 13.7 Ga (gigayears ago; 1 Ga means 1000 million years ago). Our solar system began to coalesce about 4.5 Ga. When the surface of primitive Earth cooled to a temperature below the boiling point of water, sometime around 4.1 Ga, the atmosphere consisted primarily of gases released from volcanoes.  These gases included high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), water vapor (H2O), dinitrogen (N2), hydrogen chloride (HCl), and, perhaps, small amounts of methane (CH4). Within a relatively short time, perhaps as early as 3.8 Ga, photosynthetic bacteria (cyanobacteria) were present. 
Cyanobacteria proliferated widely during the next few billion years. Their photosynthesis depleted the CO2...
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a long chain organic molecule that contains the coding for all metabolic and reproductive processes of all living organisms, save for certain viruses. This helix shaped molecule consists of a spine that contains a sequence of nucleotides, whose order comprise the coding instruction for each specific lifeform. DNA itself is not alive, but holds the instruction set for building a vast array of proteins as well as its own replication. By governing the synthesis of proteins, DNA is inherently the key substance for the maintenance and replication of every cell in nature, as well as DNA-containing viruses that subsist in another organism's host cells. Most DNA is contained in cell nuclei except for mitochondrial DNA—this is contained in cell organelles or chloroplasts.
A single DNA molecule contains all the information required to assemble any...