Natural Sciences Spotlight: Environmental Science

Assumption College Undergraduate

On October 19, Celia E. Deane-Drummond, Ph.D., director of the Center for Theology, Science and Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame began Assumption’s 2015-2016 President’s Lecture Series with her lecture, The Theological Tapestry of Laudato Si’: A Franciscan Vision for a New Earth.

Professor Deane-Drummond spoke of the theological implications of Pope Francis’ take on climate change in his recent encyclical, which called for care of the environment and addresses climate change head on.

It’s this concern for the welfare of the planet — and the need for great leaders and communicators who are informed and literate on today’s environmental concerns — that may have led biologists, ecologists, chemists and others toward careers in environmental science. Bachelor’s in biology students at Assumption can explore environmental science with a minor in that discipline, or a second major.

Assumption students studying environmental science prepare for careers in government agencies, health science, industry, law and teaching. Students interested in public policy can benefit from Assumption’s partnership with Vermont Law School — regarded as the No. 2 Juris Doctor program in environmental law in the country by US News and World Report.  Assumption also has a partnership for a 3:2 Master’s of Forestry Management at Duke University, another prestigious program.

The study of environmental science includes a core of concepts in biology, chemistry, ecology and geography — interesting subjects like coastal zone management, environmental economics, Global Information Systems (GIS), meteorology, and more.

“No scientist will challenge the extinction of species, accelerating through human activity at an even greater rate than the human ability to record the changes. But alongside such changes, it is important to note some instances of recovery and the resilience of some creatures over others in the face of extreme change,” said Professor Deane-Drummond in an op-ed for Mashable.

“This resilience or adaptation is an important lesson that human beings are going to have to face in the coming millennia. Paying careful attention to these creatures and acknowledging human entanglement with them is the particular vocation of the ecologist and anthropologist.”

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