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Environmental Science Opportunities

Environmental Science Opportunities

Locally, nationally and globally, there is a new sense of excitement about sustainability and the environment. This movement focuses on energy conservation and green building, a transition to renewable energy systems, waste management and recycling, and local and sustainable food systems. Now is the time to get educated and become involved with the movement toward a more sustainable society.

The University of Idaho Environmental Science Program emphasizes an integrated approach for students interested in studying the environment. The goal of the Environmental Science Program is to provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies required to understand interrelationships within the natural world; to identify and analyze environmental problems; and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Faculty from throughout the university, including physical, biological and social scientists, work across traditional disciplines to provide a comprehensive education in the hows and whys of environmental problem-solving. The University of Idaho at Idaho Falls offers the Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Environmental Science. Courses include live instruction, interactive video and delivery online to your home or office.

Career opportunities in the environmental sciences are diverse and plentiful in areas such as natural resource management, sustainable systems, air and water quality management, hazardous waste management, renewable energy, and environmental law and regulation. Local employers include the Department of Energy and the contractors at the Idaho National Laboratory, the Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and consulting companies such as Northwind Environmental and Portage Environmental.

Courses available Spring 2010 include:

  • EnvS 482/582 Natural Resources Policy and Law
  • EnvS 580 Environmental Law and Regulations
  • EnvS 581 Applications of Environmental Regulations

A new initiative under creation is an emphasis area in Sustainable Energy Systems for the M.S. in Environmental Science. Courses in this area available in 2010 include:

  • CE536 Hydropower Systems (Spring 2010)
  • PTTE 512 Fundamental Concepts of Nuclear Science (Spring 2010)
  • Hydr 404/504 Water and Energy Connections (Fall 2010)
  • PTTE 474 Power Distribution (Fall 2010)

New courses will be created as time and resources allow and may include areas such as World Energy: Past, Present and Future; Geothermal Energy; Wind Energy; Energy Conservation and Efficiency; Carbon Management; Energy Storage; Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework; Energy Business and Economics; Sustainable Transportation Systems; and Energy Delivery Systems.