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BW's new environmental science major challenges students to explore, analyze and hypothesize solutions for key issues facing our world.

New environmental science major addresses critical world issues

July 20, 2017

With the Paris climate agreement atop the daily news and elite scientists weighing in on the future of the world and humankind, the need for highly skilled environmental scientists is ever-growing.

Baldwin Wallace’s new environmental science major, scheduled to begin fall 2018, is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program combining biology, chemistry and geology. It includes comprehensive coursework, a capstone seminar, and extensive research and field experiences.

Rigorous, Real-World Studies

Under the leadership of Dr. Carrie Davis Todd, associate professor, the environmental science major challenges students to explore, analyze and hypothesize solutions for the many issues facing the Earth and its inhabitants.

"Environmental threats impact all of us," explained Davis Todd. "Every day, there are complex issues being analyzed, debated and addressed by scientists as well as businesses, special interest groups and government agencies.

"From land use to air and water systems to waste management, population growth and more, the complex interaction between humans and nature challenges us to examine the many ways we impact our world for its betterment or detriment," she noted.

Interdisciplinary Focus Provides Problem-Solving Advantages

"Individuals who can address these multi-faceted issues in an interdisciplinary, scientific way are valued for the outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills they bring to the profession," she added. "That's the inherent strength of BW's environmental science major. It combines biology, chemistry and geology so students can have a more holistic view of the problem and, therefore, the solution."

BW is now enrolling students interested in majoring in environmental science. Questions about the major can be addressed to Davis Todd.

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    Tylor Mahany ’19 collects water quality samples from the east branch of the Rocky River. His data will assist the Richfield Heritage Preserve with monitoring water quality.

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    Individual attention and faculty collaboration are hallmarks of BW's new environmental science major. Here, BW biology professor Dr. Chris Stanton works with a student on an individual research project.

  • Photo of BW students doing research on earthworms

    Field studies are popular and integrate textbook learning with real-world investigation. BW's proximity to the Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Richfield Heritage Preserve offers outstanding access to diverse learning opportunities. 

  • Photo of student doing research at BW Greenhouse

    BW's greenhouse is one of several campus facilities offering students extensive research opportunities. Also impressive are BW's other biology labs, as well as chemistry and geology labs.