Environmental Science is the study of physical and biological properties that make up the environment and their relationship to living organisms on the planet.
This area of study is an interdisciplinary field that combines foundational knowledge in a variety of earth sciences.
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Learning the Complex Systems of our World
As society explores new ways to live sustainably on the planet, research and creative solutions will build upon knowledge of natural systems.
Environmental scientists apply mathematic and scientific principles to solve environmental issues and develop ways to reduce, correct, or prevent damage to the environment.
Clark's program provides opportunities to take classroom theory and apply it in the real world. Students participate in classroom lab projects or field research and experimentation in the scenic areas that make up the Pacific Northwest.
Employment opportunities for environmental scientists vary depending on industry and
exist in a variety of formats: environmental specialist, industrial ecologist, environmental
compliance inspector, and geoscientist.
According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast environmental scientist jobs growing at a rate of 10%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $36.86 per hour.
Clark’s program offers an Associate in Science Transfer degree (AST1) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in environmental science. The statistics listed are estimates based on a bachelor’s degree and above.
Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree at a four-year institution of the student's choice, several avenues of employment or advancement are open. A few of these are:
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental law
- State and federal wildlife agencies
- Environmental science teaching at the elementary or secondary level
- Environmental research scientist
- Environmental planning/policy analyst
- Nonprofit environmental organizations
- Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
- Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)