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Environmental Science

            Environmental Science is the application of the scientific method towards an interdisciplinary understanding of Earth Systems (e.g., atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere), their dynamics, and the identification and quantification of feedbacks among human activities and natural processes. For instance, an environmental scientist interested in energy might study the physics of photovoltaic cells, the geology of fossil fuels, the chemistry of greenhouse gas emissions, the toxicology of waste products, or the impact of mining, extraction, or solar arrays on habitat fragmentation and biodiversity.
Today, the urgent need to quantify and forecast anthropogenic climate change permeates almost all environmental science research. Natural resource management (including biological conservation), pollution, natural hazard mitigation, the study of emerging or evolving diseases, and the pursuit of new antibiotics are also ongoing, important areas of work, especially within the context of climate change and land use intensification.
Environmental scientists conduct varying proportions of their research in the field, in the laboratory, and computationally (often using Geographic Information Systems software) - there is a mix possible to suit all student interests and skill sets!
Keck Science students graduating with a degree in Environmental Analysis (Science Track) have used their experiences as springboards to: continue research in graduate school (Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics and other disciplines), work as environmental consultants (conducting pollution remediation, groundwater modeling, or air quality analyses), or to begin careers in related fields including Environmental Policy, Environmental Law, and Medicine. Earth needs environmental scientists!