Environmental Science & Technology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The environmental science and technology program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary program offered jointly between the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agriculture, and Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies. The curriculum provides a broad based environmental framework which emphasizes the natural sciences, agriculture, energy, pollution control and technology.

Highlights of the program include seminars on environmental issues, field trips to water facilities and industrial sites, and analysis of environmental pollution problems.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Local, state and federal pollution control agencies; manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and environmental consultant firms. Additional career options include forestry, land management, energy, health services, noise abatement, air and water pollution control, and wastewater and solid waste management.

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: Environmental scientists conduct research to identify, abate, and eliminate hazards that affect people, wildlife, and their environments. These workers analyze measurements or observations of air, food, water, and soil to determine the way to clean and preserve the environment. Understanding the issues involved in protecting the environment-degradation, conservation, recycling, and replenishment-is central to the work of environmental scientists. They often use this understanding to design and monitor waste disposal sites, preserve water supplies, and reclaim contaminated land and water to comply with Federal environmental regulations. They also write risk assessments, describing the likely affect of construction and other environmental changes; write technical proposals; and give presentations to managers and regulators.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 4 years

DEPARTMENTS: Interdisciplinary program between the Departments of Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies

CONTACT: Dr. Kathy Mathis ; Box 19 MTSU (615) 898-2113

Check out some other useful links:
National Environmental Health Association
Environmental Science & Technology at MTSU
Occupational Handbook - Environmental Scientists