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SNES 1101 lab

SNES 1101 Field Lab


SNES Program Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Dr. Tim Fahey
Program Contact: Suzanne Wapner


Choose one of four concentrations (or design your own)

The concentration component of the SNES major is intended to allow students to develop depth of knowledge and expertise in areas that are of specific interest to the student. A minimum of five courses is required. There are some common and popular concentration themes; however, students can be creative both in terms of the concept for the theme and in the courses chosen to develop the concept. The theme is one place where courses used for a minor or second major can be included.

Students may pursue one of four Faculty-designed Concentrations:

Environmental Agriculture: Students obtain a solid background in agriculture, including the impact of agriculture (e.g., via biotechnology), and to introduce approaches to mitigate soil and water pollution and environmental degradation.

Environmental Biology: Greater depth in biology though basic biology courses (e.g., genetics, evolution), organismal-focused courses (e.g., insects, birds, microbes), and ecosystem-centered courses (e.g., forest, lakes, streams)

Environmental Economics: Students obtain a solid background in economic theory and learn how important static and dynamic allocation problems arise when managing resources and environmental quality

Environmental Information Science: Students obtain a critical understanding of the collection and use of environmental information, as well as to support students in developing skills necessary to acquire, process, and analyze environmental information.

Or, students may pursue a Student-designed Concentration

Some examples:

Environment & Public Policy: In addition to courses in natural systems or in built environments, students will study ethics, democracy, and social problems, and pre-law.

Environmental Communications: Greater depth in the communication with courses on concepts and techniques can be combined with specialized courses dealing with environmental issues and policies.

Oceanography/Marine Science: Interest in the physical, biological, or public policy aspects of oceans can be obtained through a variety of specialized courses in the Shoals Program, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, or the Hawaii course, among many choices.

Sustainability: The program of study can take many directions from in-depth work on technologies (e.g., energy, transportation), economic and social systems, systems analysis, to global environmental change.

Sustainable Communities: Students with interest in the built environment can utilize course in City and Regional Planning, Design and Environmental Analysis, and engineering disciplines





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