This major combines the natural and applied sciences to understand, assess, and minimize the impacts of anthropogenic activities on natural resources, with emphasis on soil, plant and water components of the ecosystem. The program emphasizes understanding, planning, rebuilding and managing the complex ecological relationships of natural and anthropogenically disturbed environments. Graduates will be able to conduct and/or direct remediation, soil reclamation, revegetation and conservation measures to maintain quality environments and to reclaim disturbed and damaged ecosystems.
Graduates are prepared for careers in organizations and deal with a broad range of issues related to soil and water pollution and contamination, land reclamation, revegetation, remediation and soil and water conservation. Graduates will contribute natural science expertise to environmental assessments and land-use planning.